During a closed door meeting Wednesday between the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia and victims of Rabbi Barry Freundel, the government said that it may proceed with dozens more counts of misdemeanor voyeurism now that it has identified 88 women, according to sources in the room.
Prosecutors also said they would prefer to reach a negotiated settlement in this case rather than going to trial as any trial would inevitably mean the women would be subjected to cross examination and would have to identify themselves on any footage taken in The National Capital Mikvah.
However, prosecutors did stress that any plea offer conveyed to Freundel would include jail time.
If a plea is not eventually reached in this case, the matter will proceed to trial. Freundel is next due in court Feb. 19.