The Los Angeles Times reports a guilty plea from the man accused of stalking and secretly videotaping ESPN reporter Erin Andrews while she was naked in her hotel room and distributing the video online.
Michael David Barrett, 48, of Westmont, Ill., admitted that he had the intent to “harass or to cause substantial emotional distress” to Andrews and used the Internet to try to distribute his videos, according to a plea agreement entered in federal court in Los Angeles. He could face up to five years in federal prison. […]
In February 2008, Barrett stayed in the room next to Andrews in Columbus, Ohio, where he used a peephole to secretly shoot video of her naked in her room, according to the plea agreement .
Barrett also spied on Andrews at a Nashville hotel in September 2008 and shot video of her while she was unclothed, the plea agreement states.
When the story first broke, it ignited a debate about privacy. The Chicago Tribune discussed the substantial problems faced by individuals who wish to protect their privacy by stopping the distribution of images or videos online. In the forums at USA Today, there were questions about security and privacy fears associated with hotels. And the Associated Press noted that the hotel industry is reexamining privacy and security policies in the wake of the Andrews case.