Washington, DC Rabbi and prominent religious figure Bernard Freundel admitted
in court yesterday that he secretly videotaped numerous women as they
disrobed and used a ritual bath at his Georgetown Synagogue, Kesher Israel.
Freundel's guilty plea marks a significant break-through in a criminal
case that began when Freundel was
arrested in October.
Freundel pled guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism in DC Superior Court on
Thursday, February 19 - one count for each woman prosecutors were able
to positively identify had been taped within the three-year statute of
limitations. Although there were 52 identified victims, authorities stated
that Freundel recorded at least 150 women during his time at Kesher Israel.
Freundel's case has garnered international attention. Freundel admitted
that he used hidden cameras to secretly record women as they used Kesher
Israel's mikvah, a ritual bath used by followers of Orthodox Judaism.
Following his arrest, Jewish organizations denounced Freundel and have
pledged to improve oversight of conversion systems. Freundel's sentencing
hearing will take place on May 15.
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is currently representing
women who were videotaped by Rabbi Freundel in a
class action lawsuit. While Freundel's guilty plea does bring some closure to victims,
our firm continues to advocate on behalf of our clients in the civil justice
system. Rabbi Freundel's misconduct victimized women during their
most personal and religious moments, and we remain fully committed to
their fight for justice. We encourage any woman that does not yet have
counsel to reach out to our firm for more information.
If you have questions about the civil lawsuit involving Rabbi Bernard Freundel,
contact our legal team for a free and confidential case evaluation. You can also visit our
invasion of privacy page to learn more about the case.
After Freundel's plea, Partner Ira Sherman was
interviewed by Fox 5 DC about the case. Watch the video below: