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DC rabbi pleads guilty to voyeurism

(JNS.org) Barry Freundel, a prominent Washington, DC-based rabbi who was accused of videotaping women during their preparations for mikvah (ritual bath) immersion, has pleaded guilty to the 52 counts of the voyeurism charges brought against him. Freundel was arrested last October on charges that he secretly videotaped six nude women at the mikvah located on the premises of DC’s Kesher Israel Congregation. But at a meeting last week at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, prosecutors said that as many as 150 women were allegedly videotaped by Freundel. Prosecutors have alleged that Freundel hid a camera in a clock radio in an area where women undress for the mikvah. The rabbi’s sentencing hearing is set for May 15.

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