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Explicit video, other records in Erin Andrews case are sought by the FBI in searches at Yahoo, Google offices

The FBI has served search warrants at the Silicon Valley offices of Yahoo Inc. and Google Inc., seeking explicit videos and electronic records involving the Illinois man accused of illegally recording ESPN reporter Erin Andrews through hotel peepholes.

Michael David Barrett, 48, of Westmont, Ill., who is accused of trying to sell nude videos of Andrews, pleaded not guilty last month in federal court in Los Angeles to a charge of interstate stalking.

The warrants were served Wednesday in Northern California.

In an affidavit for one warrant, an agent with the FBI's cybercrimes unit indicates that authorities are seeking electronic records connected with a 42-second video posted in June on Flickr.com titled “Hot Blonde Out of Shower.”

The agent states that the video of a naked woman rubbing lotion on herself appears to have been taken through a hotel room peephole and is associated with the Flickr.com user name Breastboy. Flickr is owned by Yahoo. The associated Yahoo account is linked to Barrett, the warrant states. 

The FBI also is seeking electronic records of e-mails associated with Barrett from Google, according to a second search warrant.

There is no indication whether the information has so far been provided.

Barrett is accused of shooting videos of Andrews through peepholes of hotel rooms in three states and trying to post those videos on the Internet after trying to sell them to TMZ.com, according to court records Barrett’s trial is scheduled Jan. 12.

He is free on $100,000 bail. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison. He was arrested Oct. 2 at Chicago's O’Hare International Airport.

—Richard Winton

 
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