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Rabbi pleads guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism

Rabbi pleads guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism

An Orthodox rabbi and Towson University associate professor admitted in court Thursday that he secretly videotaped dozens of women as they undressed for a ritual bath, using cameras hidden in a clock radio, a tissue box and a tabletop fan.

Inside a packed courtroom in D.C. Superior Court, Barry Freundel, 63, pleaded guilty to 52 misdemeanor counts of voyeurism — one for each woman prosecutors say he recorded at the National Capital Mikvah between 2012 and 2014.

The U.S. attorney's office said the rabbi secretly recorded about 100 additional women before that period, starting in 2009, but the statute of limitations is three years for a charge of voyeurism.

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