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.