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Medrow freed on bond after being charged in fake photojournalist case

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

OZAUKEE COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - A suburban Milwaukee man is free on bond, after he was charged with posing as a newspaper photojournalist who claimed to profile female high school athletes.

68-year-old Gary Medrow posted $500 after appearing in Ozaukee County Circuit Court Monday on four misdemeanor charges – two counts of phone harassment and two counts of disorderly conduct.

He’s due back in court December 5th for a plea hearing.

Medrow was arrested last week, after police said he posed as a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photographer and asked girls from Verona to the Milwaukee suburbs to meet him for news stories.

The newspaper said it notified school athletic directors as soon as it caught wind of the matter. The Journal Sentinel and other media outlets said it’s their practice to notify coaches before seeking interviews and photo shoots with prep athletes – except immediately following sporting events that the reporters cover.