The man charged with interstate stalking using harassing and intimidating surveillance for making a nude video of ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews was released from police custody today. A judge ordered Michael David Barrett to wear an electronic bracelet. He is prohibited him from using the Internet.
The 47-year-old man allegedly tried to sell footage of a nude Andrews to the Website TMZ.com. He also is accused of uploading video of other women onto the Internet.
According to an FBI affidavit, most of the Andrews footage was shot while she was a guest at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University in September 2008. The lawyer for Andrews says that Barrett asked the hotel put him in the room next to the one where Andrews was staying. He then allegedly modified the peephole so he could use a cell phone camera to shoot the nude footage of the reporter.
Eight videos of Andrews were posted online.
Barrett is scheduled to appear in court later this month. If convicted for interstate stalking, he faces up to five years in prison. He also could be fined up to $250,000.
It is a felony and a federal crime for anyone to cross state lines to harass or stalk someone in a way that causes the target to fear serious bodily injury or death.
Stalking of any kind is considered a serious offense and one that should be dealt with by an experienced Boston, Massachusetts federal crimes lawyer. Many people accused of stalking are not “professional” criminals. In many cases, stalking involves highly emotional situations between the parties involved.
Erin Andrews’ alleged stalker released; will be monitored, USA Today, October 5, 2009