LA man pleads not guilty to prank calling coaches

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Updated: 12/30/2013 5:00 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 32-year-old Hollywood man accused of prank calling athletic coaches with job offers for professional and college teams has pleaded not guilty to charges of eavesdropping.

City News Service reports that attorney Robert Sheahen says Monday that his client Kenneth Edward Tarr was "outrageously charged."

Sheahen says Tarr posted his stunts on YouTube and is being singled out for his antics while other more famous pranksters are allowed to carry on.

Prosecutors say Tarr illegally recorded more than half-a-dozen phone calls without consent. They say he targeting coaches or officials from the NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball and college programs, pretending to be representing other teams and gauging their interest in another position.

Tarr is free on $20,000 bail. If convicted, he faces a potential three-year sentence.

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