UPDATED: December 11, 2012 --- 9:30 p.m.
PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- A man suspected of impersonating a reporter, calling female high school athletes and asking to take their pictures has pleaded not guilty.
Sixty-eight-year-old Gary Medrow, of Greenfield, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two counts of unlawful use of a phone and two counts of disorderly conduct. His next court date is Jan. 17.
Reports say he's believed to have contacted athletes in Mequon, Cedarburg, Hartland, Franklin and Verona, saying he was a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Court records show he's been convicted in multiple cases for unlawful use of a phone and impersonating a police officer.
A Journal Sentinel profile of Medrow in 1998 said he had a fetish for "calling women and trying to persuade them to lift other women and carry them around."
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UPDATED: November 16, 2012 --- 8:35 p.m.
MILWAUKEE — A 68-year-old Greenfield man is in custody for allegedly impersonating a newspaper reporter and contacting female high school athletes throughout southeast Wisconsin. That man is Gary Medrow.
Medrow was arrested today at his home in Greenfield. He was charged in Ozaukee County court with two counts of unlawful phone use and two counts of disorderly conduct. Each of the charges against Medrow is a misdemeanor.
There is no word yet on whether he will face charges related to the incident in Verona, in which members of the girls' golf team were contacted by a man impersonating a reporter.
UPDATED November 15, 2012 --- 3:10 p.m.
From the Verona Police Department:
On November 8, 2012 the Verona Police Department took a report from Administrators and Coaches at the Verona High School pertaining to members of a girl’s athletic team receiving a suspicious phone call from a male purporting to be a reporter with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The male suggested he wanted to conduct personal interviews with the athletes and schedule a photo opportunity.
An alert parent intercepted a phone call and the male abruptly hung up the phone.
It is believed five female Verona High School athletes were contacted by this individual. No actual dates were scheduled for personal interviews or photographs.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was contacted and it was confirmed they did not have a reporter working on such a story. It was later learned several other law enforcement agencies in Milwaukee and Ozaukee Counties made similar inquiries of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporting similar activity in their community.
Law enforcement in southeast Wisconsin may have identified a suspect and the Verona Police Department is waiting for additional information to emerge.
It is unclear if a crime has actually occurred but law enforcement would like to identify the male and determine his motive for the phone calls.
UPDATED Thursday, November 15, 2012 --- 11:57 a.m.
NBC15's Barclay Pollak spoke with Verona Police. They say that five members of the Verona Area High School's girls golf team were contacted by someone claiming to work for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
According to officers, the person said he wanted to interview the girls and possibly take photos of them. One parent spoke with him on the phone and the caller hung up on them.
Police say the Verona complaints came into their office on November 8th.
Posted Thursday, November 15, 2012 --- 10:55 a.m.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Police say a man posing as a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter and photographer has been calling high school female athletes at home and asking to take their pictures and interview them.
Journal Sentinel security chief Robert Maldonado says reports about the impostor have been filed with law enforcement officials in Milwaukee and several suburbs, including Franklin, Cedarburg and Germantown, as well as Verona in Dane County. Police say other school districts may also be affected.
Journal Sentinel prep editor Mark Stewart says staff reporters and photographers work with athletic directors and coaches and wouldn't contact athletes directly. Stewart says a call from a stranger to an athlete at home is a red flag. He says students who've been targeted seem to be female athletic standouts who have already had their pictures in newspapers or other publications.
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