WASHINGTON – A once-prominent Orthodox rabbi who pleaded guilty to secretly videotaping scores of women in a changing room of a Jewish ritual bath will learn his sentence.
More than a dozen women taped by Rabbi Bernard Freundel are expected to speak before the judge announces his sentence Friday.
Freundel acknowledged as part of a plea agreement in February that he secretly recorded more than 150 women over several years. A statute of limitations would have barred prosecutors from charging Freundel for every recording, and he pleaded guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism. Each count is punishable by up to a year in jail.
Prosecutors are arguing Freundel should spend more than 17 years in prison. His attorney is arguing for community service.