Rabbi who taped women at bath sentenced to 6 ½ years

WASHINGTON (AP) — A once-prominent Orthodox rabbi who secretly videotaped scores of women undressing and using a changing room at a Jewish ritual bath in Washington has been sentenced to approximately six-and-a-half years in prison.

Bernard Freundel was sentenced Friday during a hearing in D.C. Superior Court. Prosecutors had asked that a judge sentence Freundel to approximately 17 years in prison. His attorney argued community service was an appropriate sentence.

Freundel acknowledged as part of a plea agreement in February that he secretly recorded more than 150 women over several years by setting up hidden recording devices in a changing and showering area of The National Capital Mikvah, a ritual cleansing bath he worked to have built. Prosecutors said his recordings captured women undressing, using the toilet and entering and exiting a shower.

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