Friday, February 13, 2015

Rabbi Freundel Filmed Over 150 Naked Women; Prosecutors Meet with Women Filmed at Mikvah

Prosecutors told a meeting of victims that Rabbi Barry Freundel secretly recorded more than 150  naked women at the Mikvah adjacent to his Washington, D.C. synagogue, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (February 13, 2015).

The February 11 meeting at the U.S. Attorney's office in Washington for Freundel's victims was the first time women from the community learned of the large scope of the peeping tom videos. So far, only six of Freundel's alleged victims have been identified by name.

Freundel, 63, was arrested last October on six charges of voyeurism after investigators discovered secret cameras installed in the mikvah shower room and additional recording devices in his home. His Orthodox synagogue, Kesher Israel, immediately suspended him and later fired him, ordering him to vacate the shul's rabbinic residence.

Freundel -- who separated from his wife after his arrest -- has refused to leave the residence, and the congregation has taken the case to the Beth Din of America to evict him.

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