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Hollywood Man Charged with Felony Eavesdropping for Pranking Coaches

Kenneth Edward Tarr is expected to be arraigned Dec. 30.

By City News Service

A 32-year-old Hollywood man who allegedly made prank phone calls to well-known athletic coaches, leading them to believe they were being offered jobs with professional and college teams, was charged today with a felony count of eavesdropping.

Kenneth Edward Tarr is expected to be arraigned Dec. 30.

Prosecutors said he illegally recorded more than a half-dozen phone calls, with some of them captured on video and posted online. Police and prosecutors said it is illegal to record a phone conversation without the other person's consent.

Tarr was arrested at his home Dec. 9.

According to prosecutors, Tarr called coaches or other officials from NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball and college programs and claimed to be representing other teams, gauging their interest in another coaching position.

Among the victims were University of Hawaii head football coach Norm Chow, Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier and San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, NBC News reported.

Tarr allegedly called former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts coach and NBC analyst Tony Dungy to offer him the head coaching job at USC.

Tarr allegedly boasted of his having "hoaxed" dozens of sports figures with his phone calls and expressed surprise his calls were returned.

According to NBC News, Tarr told Los Angeles sports reporter Fred Roggin he considered himself to be on the "new frontier of broadcast journalism and sports media" and supplied a video recording of a phone call he had with NBA coach Mark Jackson.

If convicted, Tarr faces up to three years in jail, according to the District Attorney's Office.


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