Washington 'peeping Tom' rabbi sentenced to 6.5 years in prison

By REUTERS
May 15, 2015 23:54

 
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A prominent Washington rabbi who pleaded guilty to secretly videotaping dozens of women naked during ritual baths was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison on Friday.

Rabbi Barry Freundel, 63, pleaded guilty in February to 52 misdemeanor counts of voyeurism. He admitted recording the women between March 2012 and September 2014 using devices installed in changing rooms.

District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Alprin handed down the sentence before a packed courtroom.

Prosecutors had sought a 17-year prison term, and Freundel's attorney Jeffrey Harris had asked for a community service sentence.

Freundel was the head of the Kesher Israel synagogue, one of the US capital region's most prominent Orthodox congregations, for 25 years. He also held various academic positions, including as a lecturer at Washington's Georgetown University.

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