- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - A rabbi who’s been charged with secretly videotaping women in a ritual bath has been fired by his Georgetown synagogue.

The board of directors at Kesher Israel announced Monday that it has terminated Barry Freundel’s contract. Freundel had been suspended without pay since his arrest in October. He faces six counts of voyeurism after police found a clock radio with a hidden camera in the shower area of a ritual bath, known as a mikvah.

The board says Freundel’s alleged actions constituted “a gross violation” of law, privacy and trust with far-reaching consequences.

Freundel is due in court for a hearing next month. He will be required to leave the rabbinic residence at the Orthodox synagogue by Jan. 1.


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