Erin Andrews Faces Her 'Sexual Predator' In Court For First Time: [ send to a friend ]
ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews faced her convicted stalker in court for the first time on Tuesday and pleaded with a judge to show him no mercy.
"I am a victim of this sexual predator," she said of the Illinois insurance executive who filmed her while she was nude in a hotel room. "I would like to see him immediately put in prison for as long as possible."
"I have nightmares," she told the court. "I walk in crowds and I see him in my peripheral vision. When I'm alone in my house, I have fears that he's going to walk inside and hurt me."
"I live in hotels because of my job, and every time I check in, I look around, constantly thinking he is there."
"I've been embarrassed and my career has been ripped apart. I am subjected to crude comments and suggestions that I have partnered in a crime," she continued. "I walk into stadiums, and fans say obscene things to me."
"I don't know him. I've never met him. I don't know why he chose me. But I hope he never sees the light of day again."
Michael Barrett, the man on the other side of the peephole, avoided eye contact with Andrews and, as expected, pleaded guilty to one felony count of stalking.
He admitted he rigged peepholes at various hotels in Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin in a bid to secretly capture Erin Andrews nude.
The 47-year-old was arrested in October at Chicago's O'Hare Airport. He could face up to five years in prison but in exchange changing his plea to guilty, Barrett is expected to spend no more than 27 months behind bars.
Andrews vowed to return for sentencing, which is scheduled for February 22, 2010.