Monday, October 5, 2009

Case against Barrett is expanding

CHICAGO - An insurance executive accused of secretly making nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews apparently uploaded videos of other unsuspecting nude women to the Internet, a federal prosecutor said Monday. Online Sports
Michael D. Barrett, 47, was ordered released on $4,500 bond but was ordered to wear an ankle monitoring bracelet, to adhere to a strict curfew and not to use the Internet. He is due in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Oct. 23 to face federal charges of Interstate stalking. Barrett is accused of trying to sell the videos to Los Angeles-based celebrity gossip site TMZ.
The Illinois insurance company that employs Barrett says that he's been suspended from his job.
Barrett continues to be a danger to Andrews and "a danger to other women," Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Grimes told U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys during Barrett's bond hearing Monday. Sports News
"Yes, Judge, there are other women," Grimes said. "He has used his computer to disseminate these videos to the world."
Grimes said the government has confiscated two computers and cell phones used by Barrett, and "feels strongly that those items will provide further evidence."
In other news:
n A judge ruled that Mark Becker, the man accused of gunning down a legendary Iowa high school football coach Ed Thomas, is mentally competent to stand trial.
U.S. women's team to play in Russia
WASHINGTON - With the first phase of its training complete, the U.S. women's basketball team headed to Russia for a three-game tournament.
The week of practice at American University was the first under new U.S. coach Geno Auriemma for the 19 players in camp. It was an opportunity for everyone to get to know each other.
"We found out a lot about ourselves in the last six days," Auriemma said. "Some of these guys who are here didn't know me, I didn't know them. Now I'm anxious and I know these guys are anxious to go and see if what we know transfers over to games."
The U.S. will face Russian professional team UMMC Ekaterinburg as well as Euroleague professional teams MKB Euroleasing Sopron from Hungary and USK Praha from the Czech Republic. The Americans open the round-robin tournament against USK Praha on Friday.
The Americans will take 13 players to the tournament, led by 2008 Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird, former Tennessee Lady Vol star Candace Parker, and Sylvia Fowles. Joining them are Swin Cash, Tina Charles, Shameka Christon, Candice Dupree, Lindsey Harding, Asjha Jones, Crystal Langhorne, Angel McCoughtry, Renee Montgomery, and Candice Wiggins.
In other news:
n A judge has set a Feb. 10 trial date in the drunken-driving case against former Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie.
n Phoenix Suns center Robin Lopez will have surgery to repair a broken bone in his left foot and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.
n Utah Jazz shooting guard C.J. Miles has a ruptured ligament in his left thumb and will need surgery.
n Knoxville's Jennifer Lucas defeated Annette Gaiotti (Holladay, Utah), 5 and 4, Monday in the first round of the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship in Ocala, Fla. Second-seeded Lucas plays No. 31 Christy Schultz (Rochester, N.Y.) at 9:27 a.m. today.
n Heavy rains in Kiawah Island, S.C., prevented Knoxville's Todd Burgan from playing his first-round match Monday in the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. Burgan's match with Michael Karger (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) tees off at 7:50 today.
Area colleges
n Walters State won the Spartanburg Methodist College Fall Invitational in Campobello, S.C. The Senators shot rounds of 297 and 296 to win by nine shots. Freshman Player Pierce (75-71-146) tied for second, while sophomore Matt Smith (72-75-147) placed fourth.
- From wire reports


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