Michael David Barrett, an Illinois man accused of stalking and secretly taping ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, is slated to enter his plea to an interstate stalking charge in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday afternoon.
Barrett, a 48-year-old insurance executive from Westmont, Illinois, is expected to plead guilty to the stalking charge, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in a federal prison. Prosecutors said Barrett followed Andrews through multiple states, requested rooms adjacent to hers, and filmed her naked through peepholes; he was arrested October 2 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
Barrett is currently free on $100,000 bond, though remains under house arrest, wears electronic monitoring devices and has restrictions imposed on his communications through the phone and computer.
Andrews, who was named “sexiest sportscaster” in both 2008 and 2009 by Playboy magazine, “had no idea her privacy was being invaded,” according to her attorney, Marshall Grossman.
The hearing begins at 2 p.m. PST; check back with RadarOnline.com for the latest updates on this case.