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ESPN reporter Erin Andrews calls for more awareness after peephole taping by "sexual predator"

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Erinandrews-steve With her father, WFLA-Ch. 8 investigative reporter Steve Andrews by her side, ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews on Tuesday faced the man who took illegal videos of her in different hotels rooms and pronounced him a sexual predator.

Resisting a plea bargain which could net former insurance executive Michael Barrett as little as two years in jail, Andrews also called for more awareness of the hazards single women face while traveling; Barrett allegedly taped many other women through peepholes in the doors of their hotel rooms.

Andrews' attorney, Marshall Grossman, told Good Morning America today that his client's case highlights the precautions hotels and guests should take to prevent such crimes. Past reports alleged that hotels informed Barrett where Andrews was staying, allowing him to plan his visits.

The sideline reporter told the court the event has ruined her career, drawing insulting comments from fans at games.

"We have cried a lot, we have talked a lot," Steve Andrews told reporters outside the Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday. "There haven't been a lot of good times in the past few months."

The two biggest questions left now: how much time will Barrett actually serve and how much change -- or damages -- will Andrews wring from the hotel industry?

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[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 3:03pm]

    

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