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Man accused of impersonating newspaper photographer to take photographs of female athletes


MILWAUKEE (WSAU)   A suburban Milwaukee man has pleaded innocent to impersonating a newspaper photo-journalist, and calling girls’ high school athletes to arrange photo shoots. 68-year-old Gary Medrow of Greenfield entered his pleas yesterday to two counts of disorderly conduct, and two charges of unlawful telephone use. His next court appearance is set for January 17th.

Prosecutors said Medrow called female athletes in Franklin, Hartland, Cedarburg, Mequon, and Verona, claiming he was a photographer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The newspaper and other media outlets said they don’t operate that way – and they contact coaches to arrange interviews with high school athletes outside of the actual sporting events.

Court records show that Medrow has been convicted multiple times of impersonating police and illegal phone use. The Journal Sentinel previously reported that Medrow had a desire for quote, “calling women and trying to persuade them to lift other women and carry them around.”