A Chicago-area man who posted a nude video of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews on the Internet – after filming her through her hotel door – was sentenced to federal prison Monday.
Michael David Barrett, 49, of Westmont, Illinois, received a 2 1/2-year term and was ordered to pay $7,366 in restitution to Andrews, who is also a contestant this season on Dancing With the Stars.
Barrett admitted that he stalked Andrews for 18 months, tracking her to at least three different hotel rooms in three states in 2008. He made the video after removing the peephole from her door in one of the hotel rooms and used his mobile phone to capture video of Andrews while she was naked.
At the hearing, Andrews told U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real of the fear, anxiety and public humiliation that she suffers as a result of having been stalked.
“I m being victimized every day … and I did nothing to deserve it,” she said, adding the videos will likely always be on the Internet. Real noted that Andrews will suffer for the rest of her life.
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Prosecutors told the court that Barrett posted on the Internet another 32 videos that showed another 16 as-yet-unidentified victims.