A Chicago businessman accused of secretly filming ESPN reporter Erin Andrews is expected to plead guilty in a Los Angeles courtroom next week, according to papers filed Thursday.
Michael David Barrett allegedly recorded eight nude videos of Andrews through modified peepholes during her stays at hotels in Nashville, Columbus, Ohio and Milwaukee, Wis. He was caught when he allegedly attempted to sell the videos to a celebrity Web site.
Attorneys for Andrews have indicated in media reports that the sports reporter has plans to make the Dec. 15 court appearance and is reserving her right to petition the court for the most stringent sentence.
He is expected to plead guilty to interstate stalking. The charge carries up to a five-year sentence, but because of his plea agreement, he will likely serve no more than 2 ½ years behind bars, Reuters reported.