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D.C. rabbi who secretly video-recorded dozens of women is released from jail early

Apr 2, 2020

By Michelle Boorstein and Keith L. Alexander

Rabbi Barry Freundel, who plunged from national prominence after his 2014 arrest for spying on women in a ritual bath, was released from the D.C. jail Wednesday, the city Department of Corrections said.

While prosecutors had initially sought a 17-year term for Freundel, who had secretly videotaped dozens of women, including many who were studying with him as part of their conversion to Judaism, he was sentenced in 2015 to 6½ years. He had been the leader of Kesher Israel Congregation, an Orthodox synagogue in Georgetown, for 25 years.

According to an email sent Wednesday to the rabbi’s victims from Amy Zubrensky, a Justice Department prosecutor, Freundel benefited from a city measure aimed at releasing prisoners serving misdemeanor sentences from jail amid the coronavirus pandemic. The measure allows, in the case of a public health emergency, for inmates who have good time credits to get a certain number of days cut from their sentence.

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