Erin Andrews, ESPN reporter, was in the Los Angeles, California U.S. District Court Monday, for the sentencing of the peeping Tom who armed with a camcorder, recorded her in various states of undress. Michael David Barrett was sentenced to two and a half years in prision following his arrest in December. Barrett is a 48-year-old insurance executive who stalked Andrews as she travelled for her sports reporting job, and on at least three incidents, drilled peepholes into rooms adjacent to Andrews and secretly recorded her. Authorities discovered Barrett only after he tried to sell his video footage online.
David Willingham, Barrett's lawyer, issued a statement following the hearing that expressed Barrett's remorse. Willingham said "Mr. Barrett is profoundly sorry for what he has done. He has simply and always accepted responsibility for his conduct and both directly and indirectly apologizes to Ms. Andrews and regrets any pain he has caused her...We believe Mr. Barrett showed to the court and other people that he has led a path to redemption."
Andrews, Barrett's thirty one year old victim, insists that redemption isn't an option. Andrews said "I consider him a sexual predator...I'm glad he can be away from anyone he can harm. But know I would like a longer sentence. His apology isn't good enough. It doesn’t take down the video off the Internet. I've cried enough and it doesn't take the video down. It's changed me because I know people look at me differently now...I think about it for every moment of every day. I'm not done with this...I did nothing wrong. I'm just trying to live my life. I got tons of letters from victims of stalkers and video voyeurs who said to please fight this...Yes, it's a step in the healing process, but it's not over."
Barrett was ordered by U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real to start his sentence May 3 as well as to pay Andrews $7,366 and a $5,000 fine.
Andrews was not Barrett's only victim. Seems Barrett also stalked and recorded sixteen other sports reporters, all women, to feed his obsession.