ESPN beauty Erin Andrews’ peeping Tom was sentenced in a Los Angeles court on Monday to 30 months in jail. As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Michael David Barrett pled guilty to Interstate stalking charges last December, copping a plea deal which landed him considerably shorter a sentence than the maximum recommended one of five years. Barrett must turn himself in to start serving his sentence by May 3rd 2010.
In addition, Barrett was ordered to pay Andrews a fine of $7,366. And to pay authorities a fine of $5,000. He was also ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Andrews and banned from contacting her in any capacity.
Andrews who has branded Barrett a ‘sexual predator’ is also seeking financial restitution to the tune of $335,000, claiming that Barrett’s actions have left her with “emotional scars”.
Both Barrett and Andrews addressed the courtroom. Barrett said, “I take full responsibility for my actions. There are no words to tell Ms Andrews how sorry I am. I hope one day she can forgive me. I love my children more than anything in the world. I have learned from my mistakes. I want to be a positive influence in the world I live in.” Barrett’s lawyer said he had lost his fiancee, his career and his savings.
Andrews told the court,”I’m having to live this humiliation everyday. It will never be over for me and I hope it will never be over for him. I fear he is in the closet, I had to hire a lawyer and security. He has shown no remorse, he pleaded guilty because the FBI had boxes full of evidence. I’m asking the court to impose the maximum sentence. He is a sexual predator and deviant, I hope they lock him up and throw away the key,” When she was done, she sat next to her lawyer and dabbed a tissue at her eyes.
Barrett, 48, an ex-insurance executive secured hotel rooms next to Andrews on numerous occasions, filming the pretty sports presenter in various states of undress, through peepholes in the walls, before attempting to sell the footage to an adult orientated website. Although a deal was never finalized several X-rated clips of Andrews appeared on websites, which have been viewed millions of times. Although Andrews’ attorneys demanded the clips be taken down, Andrews has said that she has been told by Federal investigators that it is likely that many will never be removed.
Andrews shared that the incident has left her scarred and that she can never escape from the humiliation and embarrassment that she suffered at the hands of Barrett. “I am subject to crude comments,” she said. “I walk into stadiums and fans make crude comments to me. I have nightmares about this sexual predator. I hope he never sees the light of day again, so nobody else has to go through this.”
Meantime, Andrews is trying to get on with her life and leave the scandal behind her. As RadarOnline.com previously reported Andrews is set to be a contestant in the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars, partnered with hunky male pro dancer, Maksim Chmerkovskiy.