Cameras Hidden in Tissue Box, Key Chain Found in 'Peeping' Rabbi's Office

Handwritten list of names in also found at university office of Rabbi Freundel, who reportedly suggested his students take a ritual bath while on tour of his synagogue.

Rabbi Dr. Barry Freundel speaks at the Symposium on The Jewish Vote and the Presidential Election, 2012. Photo screenshot from YouTube.
Rabbi Dr. Barry Freundel speaks at the Symposium on The Jewish Vote and the Presidential Election, 2012. Photo screenshot from YouTube.

Police searching the Towson University office of a Washington D.C. rabbi accused of secretly filming women in a ritual bath found tiny cameras and memory cards capable of holding over 200,000 images and 25,000 hours of video, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

The tiny cameras seized in the search were hidden in a variety of items such as a laptop charger, a clock, a tissue box, and a key chain, a seach warrant obtained by the Washington Post said. Among the items found in Rabbi Barry Freundel's office were also a picture of nude women and handwritten lists of names, it said.

Freundel, who pled not guilty to six charges of voyeurism, is suspected of having filmed female converts to Judaism using a hidden camera disguised as a digital clock radio in his synagogue's changing and showering area of the ritual bath, or mikveh.

On Wednesday it was reported that Freundel, who served as an associate professor at the university until his arrest, used to take female students on tours of his synagogue and suggested they use the mikveh as an educational experience.

“He basically said that not all Orthodox synagogues have [a mikveh], so it was kind of a rarity,” Nicole Coniglio, a student, told the Towson University student paper. “He told us he was instrumental in getting it to his synagogue, he was proud of it. He proposed it as a special opportunity, something that you wouldn’t be able to participate in every day.”

Coniglio told the newspaper that two of her classmates accepted the rabbi's offer, and took a ritual bath.

The search warrant listing the items seized from the rabbi's office, home and ritual bath said that "several young female students" toured his synagogue, and that some bathed in the mikveh, the Washington Post reported. According to the police, the seized items are "evidence of the crime of voyeurism."

Freundel, 62, has been a tenured professor at Towson since 2009. He was suspended following his arrest.

A spokesperson for Towson said Friday that there was “no information at this point that anything seized in [Freundel’s] office involved our students,” the Washington Post reported.

Gay Pinder, Towson’s director of media relations, expressed the school's concern over the incident, and said the school was not informed by the police over the list of names or the nude photograph found in the search, and are unaware if they have any connection with their students.

Police declined to comment, the Washington Post said.

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