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Prosecutors ask for 27-month prison sentence for man who spied on ESPN's Erin Andrews

The Illinois man who spied on an ESPN reporter through her hotel room door and posted nude videos of her on the Internet may face time in federal prison and more than $300,000 in restitution, according to a sentencing document filed Monday.

Prosecutors in the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles are seeking a 27-month prison term for Michael David Barrett, 49, who they said secretly filmed reporter Erin Andrews at three different hotels in three states as she showered and dressed for work. They said he removed the peephole device from her hotel room doors and use his cellphone to capture video of her in the nude.

Over the course of nine months, according to a sentencing document dated Monday, Barrett tracked Andrews across the country, running Internet-based background checks on her, calling several hotels to see where she would be staying and then deliberately requesting hotel rooms adjoining hers so he could access the door to her room with ease.

The sentencing document calls Barrett’s conduct “part of a long-term obsession involving Victim Andrews, as well as a significant number of other women.” After attempting to sell the cellphone videos to Los Angeles-based entertainment news website TMZ, prosecutors wrote, Barrett posted several videos of the sports reporter online, with such titles as “Erin Andrews in a Pink Thong” and “Sexy and Hot Blonde Sports celebrity shows us her all.”

In July 2009, the document states, the videos topped Google’s “most searched items” list. The court filing shows that the U.S. attorney’s office is seeking $334,808.27 in restitution on behalf of Andrews and her family members.

“The emotional distress caused to her and her family cannot be overstated,” said the filing document, calling Barrett’s actions “very horrific.”

Andrews was not the only woman the former insurance company employee targeted, prosecutors said. Barrett also filmed 16 other women similarly to the way he filmed Andrews. He ran Internet background checks on more than 30 women, including a number of other female sports reporters and television personalities.

Barrett pleaded guilty to one federal count of interstate stalking in December.

Reached at his Westmont, Ill., home, Barrett declined comment, and his attorney did not return calls.

--Amina Khan
 
Comments () | Archives (7)

Only 27 months for what he did is no time at all. Law enforcement in this case is STUPID.

I think this is a little extreme. He did a stupid, tasteless and hurtful thing, but . . . still . . . she needs to get over it a little bit. However much in love with herself she is, nobody really gives a rip if there were nude pictures of Erin Andrews. Big deal. It makes no sense to throw this guy in prison, to ruin the rest of his life. Punish him, yes, but let's not lose perspective.

This dude was sick. Two years isn't enough.

He should do more time, and not in a nice white colar prison. In a big, bad bank hold up prison. Let him be on the other side of being stalked.

Are you kidding me? The DA just slapped a local mayor on the wrist for stealing half million dollars from the city and they want to punish this guy for peeping. Geesh, things are really going to the dogs

not nearly enough for a sexual predator. haven't we learned anything yet? he will keep doing it, until he actually plays out some sort of wierd fantasy with on of his victims.

I hope it never happens to anyones family member that thinks it OKAY. Infact, mother or daughter could have been the person and it will still be oay with you.


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