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Prominent rabbi with Baltimore ties arrested for voyeurism

A prominent Washington rabbi with ties to the Baltimore area was arrested by D.C. police on Tuesday and charged with voyeurism, police said.

Barry Freundel, 62, of the Kesher Israel Congregation in Georgetown, was being held in police custody on charges of voyeurism, a DC police spokeswoman said. Police declined to provide details, but Freundel was expected to make an appearance in court on Wednesday.

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The Washington Post reported that Freundel is one of the region's most respected rabbis and the leader of Kesher Israel, which is part of the modern Orthodox branch of Judaism. He has led the congregation since 1989, and is also the vice president of the Rabbinnical Council of Greater Washington, the Orthodox body that supervises kosher dietary laws.

Freundel has also taught at the Baltimore Hebrew University, which is a part of Towson University and from where he has a PhD, and at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Gay Pinder, a spokeswoman for Towson University, confirmed that Freundel was actively teaching as an associate professor in the philosophy and religious studies department at Towson.

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