Police: Rabbi captured video of 6 women changing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say a rabbi secretly videotaped at least six women changing clothes at a ritual cleansing bath affiliated with his District of Columbia synagogue.

The rabbi, 62-year-old Barry Freundel, has been charged with voyeurism. A document filed Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court says Freundel set up a recording device disguised as a digital clock radio in the changing and showering area of the National Capital Mikvah, which is affiliated with the Kesher Israel Congregation.

Police say he recorded women on June 2 and Sept. 13 and appears on tape setting up the device.

The congregation’s website says Freundel, who has been the rabbi there for over 25 years, has been suspended without pay.

A telephone number for Freundel went straight to voicemail Wednesday. The mailbox was full.

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