UPDATED: Oct. 15, 2014 5:25 p.m.
WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — A prominent Georgetown rabbi, Barry Freundel, was arrested Tuesday on charges of voyeurism and court documents reveal he placed a hidden camera in the women’s shower at his synagogue.
Documents from the D.C. Superior Court say that D.C. police obtained a warrant to search the contents of the audio and video recording device that was hidden in a digital clock radio on Monday, Oct. 13.
The device was in the women’s shower in the mikvah, a ritual cleansing bath, at the synagogue and court documents say it captured “at least six women totally or partially undressed and changing clothes without these women’s knowledge and consent.”
Freundel, 62, is the rabbi of Kesher Israel Congregation in Georgetown. Freundel reportedly lives a few blocks away from the synagogue.
The documents say Freundel can be seen several times in the footage setting up the camera in the shower and can also be heard talking while operating the camera.
According to the congregation’s website, Freundel has been the rabbi at Kesher Israel for 25 years. The site says Freundel is an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland and Georgetown University. He also teaches at Towson University.
Freundel’s bio has since been removed from Kesher Israel’s website.
A Towson University spokesperson confirmed Freundel is an associate professor in the philosophy and religious studies department, but would not comment any further.
A message left at Freundel’s phone number was not immediately returned.
A notice on the synagogue’s website says Freundel has been suspended without pay.
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