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Monday 11 December 2017

Erin's peeping tom is given two years hard time

An Illinois insurance executive who secretly shot nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews was sentenced this week, receiving more than two years in prison despite giving a tearful apology that was rebuked by his victim.

Michael David Barrett pleaded guilty in December to interstate stalking after prosecutors accused him of following the reporter to at least three cities and shooting the videos through hotel peepholes.

Barrett, 48, agreed to a 27-month prison sentence after pleading guilty but it was up to the judge to decide how long he would actually serve.

Andrews urged the judge at the hearing for a harsher sentence and said she fears for her life every time she enters a hotel.

"You violated me and all women," Andrews told Barrett. "You are a sexual predator, a sexual deviant and they should lock you up."

Barrett admitted renting hotel rooms next to Andrews three times and shooting two videos of her while she was naked. He was accused of posting the videos online and trying to sell them.

Judge Manuel Real said he gave Barrett the maximum sentence under the law.

Barrett cried as he addressed Andrews in court, saying he would spend the rest of his life regaining the respect of his friends and family and atoning for his mistakes.

Andrews said she had no sympathy for Barrett's claim he was publicly humiliated.

"It's my body on the internet," she said. "I'm being traumatised every single day for what he did."

Andrews has agreed to appear on the new season of ABC TV's Dancing with the Stars -- an offer she said ABC made before the allegations. She said she doesn't want to seclude herself from the public eye.

"I did nothing wrong. Just trying to live my life," she said. "I had to deal with a lot of people who said I deserved it; that I had played to a certain audience."

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