Prosecutors seek 17 years for Washington rabbi in voyeurism case

By REUTERS
May 9, 2015 03:39

 
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Prosecutors are seeking a 17-year prison sentence for a prominent Washington rabbi who pleaded guilty in February to secretly videotaping dozens of women during ritual baths, court documents filed on Friday showed.

Prosecutors say Rabbi Barry Freundel, 63, recorded the women between early 2009 and October 2014 using devices installed in two changing rooms for the National Capital Mikvah, which is next to the Kesher synagogue in the upscale Georgetown neighborhood.

The prosecutors said in court papers they were asking the judge to sentence Freundel to four months for each of the 52 misdemeanor counts of voyeurism to which he pleaded guilty.

That represents a third of the maximum penalty available for the judge, but the prosecutors called the 17-year recommendation "a reasonable and just punishment for this severe conduct that falls on the extreme end of the voyeurism spectrum."

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