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Man suspected of trying to sell nude videos of ESPN reporter pleads not guilty

November 23, 2009 | 11:03 am
Andrews225The man accused of trying to sell nude videos of ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews pleaded not guilty today in federal court in Los Angeles to a charge of interstate stalking.Michael David Barrett, 48, is accused of shooting videos of Andrews through peepholes of hotel rooms in three different states, and trying to post those videos on the Internet after trying to sell them to TMZ.com, court records show.

Barrett's case is scheduled for trial Jan. 12. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.

"The widespread nature of Mr. Barrett's activities is truly amazing," said Thom Mrozek, U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman. "We've uncovered evidence that he tracked Ms. Andrews to a number of specific hotels in several regions of the United States."

The Illinois native was arrested Oct. 2 at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

A U.S. magistrate judge ordered Barrett free on $100,000 bond Friday. He remains under house arrest, which includes electronic monitoring and Internet and phone restrictions.

-- Baxter Holmes

Photo: ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews in 2008. Photo credit: Mike Zarrilli / Getty Images