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DC Rabbi Bernard Freundel Pleads Guilty to Secretly Recording Women

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: