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FBI: Man taped nude ESPN reporter in Nashville

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CHICAGO - A judge could decide Monday where to send the man accused of secretly videotaping a nude ESPN reporter in a Nashville hotel.

Authorities arrested 47-year-old Michael David Barrett over the weekend in Chicago. 

An FBI complaint alleges Barrett recorded reporter Erin Andrews at a Vanderbilt area Marriott hotel, by aiming a cell phone camera through an altered peephole of her hotel room door.

A hearing on Monday could decide if Barrett goes free on bond.

"Ah, his release, and bond, it'll be essential to what we're seeking," Barrett's Defense Attorney Rich Beuke said.  "We're not contesting his removal to California.  We'll address the allegation in California."

California is where celebrity Web site TMZ is based.  Authorities alleged Barrett tried to sell the videos to TMZ.

In suburban Chicago, the news stunned Barrett's neighbors.

"No I actually have never seen him here and you know I spend a lot of times outdoors walking the dog," said Tom Day, the suspect's neighbor.

"I've never met them," said Rhea Basseas, the suspect's neighbor.  "It's all news to me, very disturbing."

Barrett works for an insurance company.

His attorney told the Chicago Tribune, "He's as regular a guy as you'll ever meet."

The Nashville hotel in question is the Marriot on West End Avenue.

The FBI complaint alleged Andrews and Barrett both stayed at the hotel during the first week of September 2008.

Hotel records noted in the FBI complaint suggest Barrett requested a room next to the ESPN reporter.

According to the complaint, an FBI agent visited the hotel August 2009 and discovered the tampered peephole.

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