DC rabbi who admitted voyeurism seeks to avoid prison

By REUTERS
May 12, 2015 21:49

 
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WASHINGTON - An attorney for the prominent Washington rabbi who pleaded guilty to secretly videotaping dozens of women naked during ritual baths asked a judge to sentence him to community service, not prison, according to court records.

Prosecutors are seeking a 17-year prison term for Rabbi Barry Freundel, 63, who will be sentenced on Friday. He pleaded guilty in February to recording the women between early 2009 and October 2014, using devices installed in two changing rooms for the National Capital Mikvah, next to the Kesher synagogue in the upscale Georgetown neighborhood.

Freundel attorney Jeffrey Harris, in a memo filed on Friday in response to the prosecutor's request, said Freundel has been punished enough by being publicly humiliated and losing his job.

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