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Erin Andrews peephole stalker gets jail time


Micheal Barrett, 48, has pleaded guilty to stalking ESPN reporter Erin Andrews over an 18 month period and removing the peepholes from the doors of at least three different hotel rooms to shoot video of her naked on his cell phone.

Barrett who is an insurance salesman was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

After a celebrity web site turned down buying the videos, Barrett posted 10 of them on the internet identifying Andrews as the victim.

Barrett was sentenced by a federal judge in Los Angeles on Monday and ordered to pay Erin Andrews $7,366 in restitution.

On Monday, Andrews, 31, said at the sentencing hearing that she still suffers fear, anxiety and public humiliation as a result of being stalked.

"I'm being victimized every day...and I did nothing to deserve it," Andrews said, adding the videos will likely always be on the Internet.

"I'm living public humiliation. It's my body that's on the Internet...He stalked me, he terrorized me -- this will never be over for me, and I don't want it to ever be over for you," she said, looking at Barrett.

Barrett apologized, saying this: "I have no words to adequately tell Miss Andrews how sorry I am for what I've done to her. I hope that one day she will forgive me."

There are at least 16 other women that Barrett has victimized in the same way. Their names have not been released, but the court papers have described them as female sports reporters and other television personalties.

Andrews was voted America's "sexiest sportcaster" by Playboy magazine in 2007 and 2008, and will be amoung one of the celebrity contestants in the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars." It starts March 22.

For more info: NY Daily News

This is horrible how someone can do that to his poor woman. I am glad he is going to serve time.

But is it enough? And what price does to this woman? Is that a justifiable amount in restitution?


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