Barry Freundel, 63, may have recorded as many as 150 women in the changing area at his orthodox synagogue in Washington, DC.
You just never know where perverts are going to pop up. You just know that they are going to pop up somewhere. They're everywhere!
The women were disrobing for the ritual Jewish bath, known as a mikvah.
He has confessed to recording at least 52 nude or partially nude women. Prosecutors say he should be jailed.
They say the actual number of women filmed is likely to have been much higher.
Before his arrest in October 2014, Barry Freundel was a rabbi at the Kesher Israel synagogue in the Georgetown area of the US capital for more than 25 years.
|Rabbi Barry Freundel - seen here at Kesher Israel Congregation in Georgetown|
in August 2000. He was a rabbi at the Kesher Israel synagogue in Washington
for more than 25 years
The rabbi has now been fired from the synagogue, which occupies a prime spot in a wealthy area of Washington and has numbered Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and ex-Senator Joe Lieberman among its congregants.
But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Jesus. Matthew 5:10
Court documents revealed that Freundel set up a recording device hidden within a digital clock radio in the changing and showering area.
He was initially charged with six counts of voyeurism, but a search of his home uncovered additional material on other media storage devices.
Prosecutors determined that more women had been taped and increased the charges.
Each misdemeanor charge is punishable by up to a year in jail, and prosecutors said they would seek a prison sentence.
"We will be seeking a prison sentence that reflects the gravity of this disturbing assault on the privacy and dignity of so many victims," US Attorney Ronald Machen said.
A closed-door meeting for victims was last week told that Freundel had taped more than 150 women, though a statute of limitations prevented them from charging him with many of the tapings.