WASHINGTON — A once-prominent Orthodox rabbi who pleaded guilty to secretly videotaping scores of women in a changing room of a Jewish ritual bath was sentenced Friday to 6 1/2 years in prison.
More than a dozen women taped by Rabbi Barry Freundel spoke before the judge announced his sentence.
Freundel acknowledged as part of a plea agreement in February that he secretly recorded more than 150 women over several years.
A statute of limitations would have barred prosecutors from charging Freundel for every recording, and he pleaded guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism.
Each count is punishable by up to a year in jail.
Prosecutors argued Freundel should spend more than 17 years in prison. His attorney is argued for community service.