Man who stalked Erin Andrews pleads not guilty

By Adam Silverstein
November 24, 2009

An Illinois insurance executive accused of filming former Florida Gators dazzler turned ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews nude in her hotel room on numerous occasions pleaded not guilty to charges of interstate stalking in court on Monday.

Michael David Barrett, 48, allegedly followed Andrews across the country over at least a period of nine months, calling numerous hotels in each of her stops to determine where she was staying. Federal agents say Barrett would check into a room next to her, alter the peephole device of her room and secretly shoot video of her before e-mailing it to a personal account. He is accused of shooting and uploading videos in Columbus, OH; Nashville, TN; and Milwaukee, WI.

Barrett’s attorney David Willingham released the following statement last week:

Mr. Barrett would like to express his deep regret for the circumstances that have caused the issuance of charges against him today. It is his sincere hope that this matter can be resolved as soon as possible.

An interstate stalking conviction carries a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000. Barrett is free after posting a $100,000 bond on Friday and is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 12.

2 Comments

  1. ClockMan says:

    If there is enough evidence to convict this guy, I hope that they don’t let him off with an easy plea deal. What he did was pretty despicable. He really screwed up Erin Andrew’s personal life for completely selfish reasons, and broke the law while doing so. To me, this is much worse than selling drugs or robbing someone to feed your family… in those cases, at least there is a reason behind the crime. But here, this man had no good reason for completely victimizing Erin.

  2. I don’t see how there is not enough evidence, which is why the not guilty plea surprised me.

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