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    Possible Victim of Voyeurism Said She Trusted Rabbi

    A D.C. woman said she's worried she may have fallen victim to a rabbi accused of secretly recording women shower at a Georgetown synagogue. News4's Shomari Stone reports. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014)

    A D.C. woman said she's worried she may have fallen victim to a rabbi accused of secretly recording women shower at a Georgetown synagogue.

    Rabbi Barry Freundel, 62, was arrested two weeks ago and accused of recording at least six women bathing at Kesher Israel Orthodox Synagogue.

    News4's Shomari Stone spoke with Stephanie Doucette, who is afraid she may have fallen victim to Freundel.

    "I, as well as other women, have had to submit head shots to the police department and it might take weeks before we find out if videotaped footage of us was found," Doucette said. "It's scary, waiting for a phone call to see whether your rabbi videotaped you naked."

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    A D.C. rabbi accused of secretly recording women shower at a Georgetown synagogue also had a collection of secret recording devices in his office at a Maryland college, according to court documents.
    (Published Friday, Oct. 24, 2014)

    She said she met Freundel a little more than a year ago when she asked him to convert her to Orthodox Judaism.

    "At first, things were good," Doucette explained. "Over time, he would make comments that I'm an attractive young female when I had issues with some of the male congregants making sexually inappropriate comments to me."

    Doucette said she eventually left the congregation. A handful of women who, like Doucette, thought they may have fallen victim to Freundel, held a support session Tuesday evening.

    Freundel has pleaded not guilty to voyeurism. Since the arrest two weeks ago, police found additional micro cameras hidden inside regular objects, including a tissue box and a clock at his Towson University office. Police also found hard drives, memory cards and a handwritten list of names.

    A student at Towson says Freundel once invited her and her classmates to take a ritual bath during a tour of his synagogue in Georgetown.

    Other possible victims can contact the U.S. Attorney's Office here.