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Rabbi who taped women at ritual bath is sentenced

Rabbi Barry Freundel

CBS affiliate WUSA

WASHINGTON - A once-prominent Orthodox rabbi who secretly videotaped scores of women undressing at a Jewish ritual bath in Washington, D.C. was sentenced Friday to more than six years in prison.

Freundel acknowledged as part of a plea agreement in February that he secretly recorded more than 150 women over several years by setting up hidden recording devices in a changing and showering area of The National Capital Mikvah, a ritual cleansing bath. Prosecutors said his recordings captured women undressing, using the toilet and entering and exiting a shower.

CBS affiliate WUSA reports some of Freundel's victims broke down in tears while giving emotional testimony at Friday's sentencing hearing. One of the women testified she resorted to using "substances" after finding out she had been videotaped, while another said Freundel trolled for victims at her wedding.

Prosecutors had asked that a judge give Freundel closer to 17 years behind bars. His attorney argued for community service only.

CBS Baltimore reports Freundel was taken into custody immediately following the hearing.