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Possible plea deal for rabbi Barry Freundel, accused of voyeurism

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Georgetown rabbi Doctor Barry Freundel appeared in a D.C. courtroom Wednesday for a status hearing, and the possibility of a plea deal has left some people furious.

The 62-year-old, who is charged with voyeurism, will have another hearing on January 16. He faces six counts of voyeurism, accused of setting up a camera in the women's showers at the Kesher Israel Orthodox synagogue.

Upset that she may have unknowingly helped Freundel, Lisette Garcia angrily told reporters that she encouraged women converting to go into the mikveh, the sacred bath at Kesher Israel Synagogue, not knowing Freundel, according to police, was secretly recording those using it.

Georgetown student Daniel Milzman sentenced for ricin in dorm

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A Georgetown University student who had ricin in his dorm room was sentenced Monday morning in federal court.

Daniel Harry Milzman, 20, of Bethesda, Md., was sentenced to one year and one day with three years of supervision after his release. He will receive credit for time served.

Judge Ketanji Jackson ordered that Milzman complete 400 hours of community service during the three years of supervision, to be focused on tutoring underprivileged students in math and physics, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. She also required him to participate in a mental health program.

Georgetown rabbi victim hotline set up

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A hotline has been set up for anyone who believes they may have been a victim of the Georgetown rabbi, who police say secretly recorded women.

Bernard Freundel has been charged with voyeurism. According to court documents, he recorded women in the showers at Kesher Israel, an Orthodox synagogue in Georgetown.

A phone line and e-mail address for anyone who may have been a victim has been set up by the US Attorney's Office.

If you are a victim and would like to be added to the mailing list to receive information about the case, please send your information to the following address:

Victim Witness Coordinator
US v Bernard Freundel
United States Attorney's Office
555 Fourth Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530



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Georgetown Rabbi accused of putting camera in showers released

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A prominent Georgetown rabbi arrested for voyeurism was released on his own recognizance.

A judge released Dr. Barry Freundel, 62, telling him to stay away from his synagogue and his alleged victims at his arraignment Wednesday. He is due in court again on November 12, 2014.

Georgetown rabbi arrested for camera in women's showers

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A prominent Georgetown rabbi was arrested Tuesday for voyeurism, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Dr. Barry Freundel, 62, is accused of setting up a camera in the women's showers at Kesher Israel, an Orthodox synagogue in Georgetown, according to police.

A 35-year-old women reported the incident. According to police reports, when the woman confronted Dr. Freundel, he told her he was fixing the shower ventilation system.

Tuesday night prayer service at Kesher Israel Congregation was a struggle for some in light of the news that their spiritiual leader was facing the voyeurism charges.

"It's very disturbing obviously. I don't know all the particulars but to hear that from a rabbi that people trust is very disturbing and concerning," said Michael Uhr, who was attending services at the Georgetown synagogue Tuesday.

Dad of missing Md. Hoggle kids still searching

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- Almost two weeks since two Maryland children went missing, volunteers and police are continuing to search for three-year-old Sarah Hoggle and two-year-old Jacob Hoggle.

Police have been focusing their search in the Germantown area and have searched more than 14,000 acres so far.

The children's mother, Catherine Hoggle, has been charged in their disappearance. Police are building a homicide case against Hoggle. They said they do not expect to find the children alive.

"If you find what we believe you will, we ask that you back away immediately. Do not touch anything," Montgomery County Police Captain Darren Francke said.

Father Troy Turner said he hasn't given up hope.