March 15th, 2010
06:11 PM ET

ESPN reporter's stalker gets 2 1/2 years

A federal judge sentenced an Illinois man to two and a half years in prison Monday for taping ESPN sports reporter Erin Andrews through a hotel-room peephole and posting the video to the Internet.

Michael David Barrett, 48, pleaded guilty in December a federal stalking charge after prosecutors accused him of making reservations at hotels where Andrews was staying and altering peepholes so he could shoot video of the journalist while she was nude. In court papers, prosecutors stated that Barrett - an insurance company employee from Westmont, Illinois - posted seven videos of a nude Andrews to the Internet.

Barrett has been free on bond and has been ordered to report to prison May 3, said Tom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles.

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