Wednesday, October 15, 2014

D.C. Rabbi Barry Freundel Nabbed for Voyeurism; Allegedly Filmed Women Showering in Synagogue

Rabbi Barry Freundel -- the longtime Orthodox Jewish spiritual leader at Kesher Israel in Washington, D.C. -- has been arrested and charged with voyeurism after the synagogue board alerted the authorities, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (October 15, 2014).

Freundel, 62, was taken away in handcuffs yesterday, after uniformed officers and plainclothes detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department searched his home in the Georgetown section of Washington.

Reportedly, the rabbi is accused of secretly filming several naked women taking showers in the synagogue's mikveh. However, the police declined to confirm this accusation.

A statement from the board of directors emailed to congregants said it had suspended Freundel without pay. "Upon receiving information regarding potentially inappropriate activity, the Board of Directors quickly alerted the appropriate officials," said the statement. "Throughout the investigation, we cooperated fully with law enforcement and will continue to do so."

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