Rabbi Accused of Secretly Recording Women Showering at Synagogue


A rabbi at a prominent Washington, D.C., synagogue has been arrested on accusations he secretly recorded women in showers there.

rabbi+Dr+Barry+FreundelA witness said Dr. Barry Freundel installed a hidden camera inside the women’s showers at the Kesher Israel Orthodox synagogue in Georgetown, according to a police report. A camera and recorder were disguised as a clock radio in the showers, which are used as part of a ritual cleansing process.

“To hear that about a rabbi that people trust is very disturbing and concerning,” congregant Michael Uhr said.

Police arrested Freundel, 62, at his Georgetown home Tuesday morning after raiding it and seizing computer equipment. He is charged with voyeurism.

The rabbi of a prominent synagogue in Georgetown is in police custody, accused of secretly recording women in showers at Kesher Israel. News4’s Pat Collins reports.

The synagogue’s board of directors suspended him without pay after his arrest.

“Upon receiving information regarding potentially inappropriate activity, the board of directors quickly alerted the appropriate officials,” the board said in a statement. “Throughout the investigation, we cooperated fully with law enforcement and will continue to do so.”

They said the synagogue will remain open.

Freundel has been the spiritual leader of the synagogue for 25 years. He is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland and an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School. He is also teaching as an associate professor in the philosophy and religious studies department at Towson University this semester.

According to a bio published on Towson’s website, Freundel has taught seminars on government ethics on Capitol Hill and medical ethics at the NIH, and is the author of the book “Contemporary Orthodox Judaism’s Response to Modernity.”

Frozen Poop Pills Fight Life-Threatening Infections


Fecal transplants can be life-saving for people with stubborn bacterial infections, but they’re not for the faint of heart. So doctors have come up with a way to make them more palatable: the frozen poop pill.

poop-pills-c8a44bb5a03771bd9fd251d2b57d28c653f8fd2b-s40-c85People infected with Clostridium difficile suffer debilitating diarrhea, but the bug often defies antibiotics. Doctors have recently discovered that a fecal transplant will restore good gut bacteria that banishes the C. diff. But the procedure is awkward, requiring a donation of fresh feces, usually from a relative, and a colonoscopy to deliver it.

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital figured they could improve on that. First they tried delivering the fecal transplant through a tube snaked down the nose and into the stomach. It delivered the healthy bugs but wasn’t much fun.

“Just getting the tube down is a problem,” Dr. Elizabeth Hohmann, a staff physician in infectious diseases at Mass General, told Shots. And the doctors worried that if people gagged and vomited, they could inhale fecal matter. “That’s pretty scary.”

Enter the poop pill.

A pill wouldn’t require invasive procedures, the researchers speculated, and would be less likely to cause vomiting. And if they froze the pills, donors wouldn’t need to be standing by.

To test that hypothesis, the researchers got donations from young, healthy volunteers screened to make sure they didn’t have HIV, hepatitis or other infectious diseases. They froze the material and waited four weeks to test the donors again. Once the donors got a clean bill of health, pill production began.

By now you’re probably wondering what a poop pill looks like.

“When I first started doing this, I had in my mind that it would be a little red-and-white banded capsule, like a Tylenol capsule,” Hohmann says. “That was my dream.” But alas, the capsules had to be acid-resistant so they could make their way past the stomach into the large intestine, where the good microbes work their magic.

And acid-resistant capsules only come in translucent. “So they are sort of brownish-colored capsules,” Hohmann says. “Fortunately, because they’re frozen, when you take them out of the freezer they sort of frost up a bit and they’re not too gross.”

Twenty people with recurrent C. diff infections took 15 pills a day, about the size of a large multivitamin, for two days. Fourteen of them were free of diarrhea almost immediately, with no recurrences. The other six tried the treatment again; that did the trick for four of them. The two people who failed to get results were in poorer health overall, the study found. But the treatment worked for people from age 11 to age 89.

The Mass General group has since treated another 21 people with the pills, with similar success. The results were announced Saturday at the IDWeek meeting in Philadelphia and published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.

“We’re really jazzed that a journal of this stature has picked this up,” Hohmann says. “I’ve been a microbiology researcher for 25 years, and this is the biggest thing we’ve done.”

Has she been published in JAMA before? “Oh no, no, never.”

Despite the impressive results, poop pills may turn out to be not the silver bullet they seem today. Though the treatment appears safe and effective, “there’s always the possibility that unknown infectious agents could be transmitted this way,” Hohmann says. “We screen these people to be as healthy as we can determine in 2014, but who knows?”

Michael Lutts Accused Of Filming Himself Sexually Abusing His 6-week-old Premature Foster Child


An ex-counselor is now facing multiple charges for allegedly sexually exploiting a 6-week-old baby and exchanging sexually graphic photos and videos of the newborn with the baby’s foster father.

Michael-LuttsAccording to the United States Attorney’s office, a federal grand jury indicted Stephen Schaffner, 34, of Greensboro, Maryland, on Wednesday for the sexual abuse of the baby boy, who was born prematurely.

The document alleges Schaffner conspired with San Diego-based pediatric nurse Michael Lutts, 50, to sexually abuse the infant. Lutts allegedly sent photos of the abuse to Schaffner digitally, via cellphone and a messaging app.

Lutts was the baby boy’s foster parent. He brought the child home on Aug. 4 and, according to the indictment, texted Schaffner that evening images of the infant.

Michael Lutts, a pediatric nurse accused of molesting a 2-month-old foster child in his care, will spend at least two weeks in jail without bail, per his detention hearing on Friday. Meanwhile, NBC 7’s Dave Summers spoke with a longtime friend of Lutts about the disturbing allegations.

Over the next several hours, investigators say Schaffner allegedly exchanged numerous graphic and sexually explicit messages with Lutts about engaging in sexually explicit conduct with the baby.

Lutts sent Schaffner videos with the infant, including images of an adult performing oral sex on the baby, according to the document.

The 10-count indictment says Schaffner allegedly directed Lutts to sexually abuse the baby in order to produce the images and send them his way.

In April 2014, authorities obtained a federal search warrant for an email address of a person who was distributing child pornography, which led to other suspects doing the same.

On Aug. 26, officials obtained a search warrant for Lutts’ San Diego home and seized a cellphone containing images and videos of him allegedly sexually molesting the baby boy.

Lutts is currently facing federal charges stemming from the abuse in San Diego. A grand jury indictment filed on Sept. 26 alleges Lutts may have also abused another child in the same manner – an 11-month-old girl.

Meanwhile, Schaffner faces between 15 and 30 years in prison for his charges, plus a lifetime of supervised release. He appeared in U.S.District Court in Baltimore Wednesday.

The indictment said Schaffner was a clinical professional counselor in Maryland but had his license suspended on June 14. He was also a licensed associate counselor in Arizona until his Arizona license expired in 2011.

Couple Accused Of Killing Disabled Teen By Putting Alcohol In His IV Bag


New developments in the death of a disabled Hardwick teenager. The case is now being called a homicide and two people are in custody.

Melissa-RobitilleThe child’s mother and her boyfriend are now facing second-degree murder charges. The couple is accused of putting alcohol in the boy’s IV.

Police say on Aug. 22 they were called to the Hardwick home of Melissa Robitille and Walter Richters. First responders say they found 13-year-old Isaac Robitille dead inside. The boy had significant medical conditions, including multiple physical handicaps that required the assistance of caretakers, feeding tubes and IVs to keep him alive. The child’s autopsy revealed he had a BAC of 0.146, almost twice the legal limit for an adult to drive.

Investigators say Melissa Robitille and Walter Richters intentionally added alcohol to their son’s IV bag. The medical examiner’s office ruled the death a homicide and said the contributing cause was alcohol.

Melissa Robitille, 38, and Richters, 38, were arrested Tuesday. They are still being processed. No word yet on when the couple will be arraigned on second-degree murder.

Teen Accused Of Killing Mother And Raping Her Corpse Sentenced To Life In Prison


Prosecutors played a shocking recording of Kevin Davis as he admitted to police detectives that he killed his mother.

Kevin-DavisThis started day one of the punishment phase, this after he pled guilty to murder just as his trial was getting underway on Monday.

Davis admitted to killing his mother, Kimberly Hill, on March 27th inside her Corpus Christi apartment.

He was found at a residence on County Road 61 after he knocked on the door of a random residence, telling the person there that he needed help because he had just killed someone.

In the recorded interview with homicide detectives following his arrest, he tells in frighteningly calm detail, the manner of how he killed his mother.

He says how he tried to strangle her with the power cord of a video game console, but she was still screaming. He then quickly gets a hammer and strikes her several times in the back of the head.

Davis then tells investigators he put his hand inside her open head wound to move around her brain to ensure she was dead.

Davis says he wasn’t done with his mother yet, and what he admits next is beyond decription.

He tells investigators in calm detail, that he had sexual intercourse with his dead mother. Officers ask him if that was his first time, Davis admits that was his first time and deadpans, “guess I lost my virginity to a dead corpse”.

Update: On Wednesday afternoon the jury handed down a sentence of life in prison, the harshest sentence available per instructions.

Geneva Robinson Accused Of Dressing As Witch Named Nelda To Abuse Grandchild


An Oklahoma City woman is arrested on some truly bizarre claims of child abuse.

Officers were called to a home in southeast Oklahoma City after the alleged suspect tried to take the victim to Griffin Memorial Hospital.

Geneva-RobinsonAccording to the police affidavit, 49-year-old Geneva Robinson told employees at the hospital that she could not control the girl anymore.

The 7-year-old child looked to be malnourished and had numerous burns and bruises across her body, according to the police report.

The report says the victim’s ankles had cuts around them and were infected.

Her wrists had marks “which had the appearance of possibly being bound.”

Authorities say the 7-year-old girl claims Robinson, her grandmother, would dress up as a witch and abuse her.

The girl told a DHS worker that Robinson would wear a green mask, take her to the garage, bind her wrists at night and make her sleep on a pair of pants because “she was in trouble.”

The child says the witch’s name is “Nelda.”

“Nelda” would allegedly “take a pink dog leash and hang the victim in the middle of the garage underneath her arms” and tell the girl “the creatures in the attic were going to come get her.”

The child also said that she would be hit with an orange and black whip.

“If it wasn’t serious, it would be laughable,” said Tracie Spillman, a neighbor. “I can’t believe it. I just think that’s not true.”

“I do not believe it,” said George Finley, another neighbor.

“I just don’t believe the allegations against her,” said Heidi Campbell.

Several neighbors agree they’ve never seen any bizarre behavior from the alleged suspect or the three other young kids who lived in the home showed no signs of abuse.

“It’s just something I don’t believe because I’ve seen the kids and they look fine, they look happy,” said Campbell.

“I don’t believe it at all. She’s too nice and takes care of those kids,” said Finley.

“It’s not true at all,” said Joshua.

Joshua, who refused to give his last name, actually lives in the home with the suspect.

He describes the alleged victim as a troubled child and denies the suspect had an evil witch alter ego.

“She’s never dressed up as a witch to punish any of the kids,” said Joshua.

For their part, police claim what they found inside the home seems to back up the victim’s story.

“The evidence at the scene corroborated what she was saying,” said MSgt. Gary Knight, Oklahoma City Police Department. “There were whips and chains and a witch’s hat found there. Just a completely horrible situation for a child to be in.”

Another grown adult who lives in the home also allegedly told police he got the witch treatment, claiming the suspect kicked him in the genitals on a regular basis.

Robinson was booked into the Oklahoma County jail on a $10,000 bond.

All four young kids who live in the home were placed in protective custody.

600 lb woman’s dream is to find a man to help her pile on more weight (not safe for lunch)


Gabi Jones, 29, is almost four times the weight of an average woman her age.

1412333314431_wps_12_Gabi_uses_Kenyon_as_humanWeighing in at 620lbs (44 st, 3lb) Gabi, from Denver, is super-morbidly obese but rather than trying to lose weight she is deliberately trying to add pounds to her frame, thinking of her body as a piece of art work.

She has been gaining weight deliberately since she reached 250lbs (18st) and is now what is known as a ‘gainer’, a woman who embraces being severely overweight and strives to be even larger.

Gabi says: ‘I don’t know when I’m going to stop but I still want to be able to walk. I think walking is important.

‘I’m not like everyone else. My body is voluptuous, my body is sexy. I think fat is art and I’m a masterpiece in the making.

‘It’s about me growing softer. It‘s about the added pounds and my arms getting jigglier.

‘For me gaining is art, it’s beautiful. I am like a Picasso, I want to change society.’

Unbelievably Gabi claims that she is aware of the extreme health dangers of her size, but still refuses to stop gaining weight. She also understands that her love of obesity is at odds with society’s view of normality.

1412333308518_wps_11_image003_pngUnlike many women, Gabi relishes the jiggle of her arm fat, considering her huge body a ‘work of art’

‘I get grief from people pretty much every day of my life about my body and my size,’ she adds.

‘I know people who are bigger die younger, I’ve accepted that. A lot of people said I would only make it until I was 25 but I’ve made it until I’m 29 and I believe I will make it until I’m at least 40′, she says.

Bullied since childhood about her size, Gabi fought her weight for years until she discovered the world of gainers and the thousands of men who love large women.

Kenyan, 18, from Kansas, is one such man.

Explaining his unusual obsession he says: ‘Every aspect of being fat is attractive to me. I couldn’t really say why but I love it and it is part of me.’

Gabi runs a website for fat admirers and her particular draw is her stomach, which overhangs almost to her knees in an ‘upside down heart shape’

He is one of thousands of men who pay to log onto Gabi’s website, where she runs a business catering to an army of fat admirers by posting pictures and videos of herself.

Men often request videos which see Gabi playing with her stomach fat, rubbing body lotion on it or shaking it in what is known as ‘belly play’.

For me gaining is art, it’s beautiful. I am like a Picasso, I want to change society

Known as ‘Gaining Gabi’, Kenyan has become a huge fan: ‘She looks like the living embodiment of the goddess,’ he adds.

In the market for a ‘feeder’ or a man who wants to intentionally feed a woman to make her bigger, Gabi gets visits from Kenyan who will cook and feed her a meal.

‘Being able to feed Gabi is just amazing’, he explains, ‘I mean some people would say it’s just too disgusting but it is heaven to me.

‘It’s definitely sexual but its not like “oh I want to feed you and have sex with you”, it’s more like “I want to feed you and get you bigger and more beautiful and treat you like a goddess.”

Her fans enjoy feeding and then being squashed by Gabi so that thay can enjoy her full weight

The pair also engage in ‘squashing’ where Gabi sits on Kenyan to allow him to fully feel her weight himself.

‘It’s like an elephant sitting on a rabbit,’ Gabi says.

But Kenyan loves his experience of squashing: ‘I like feeling the weight. I mean you can see it on the scale but it kind of hits home when a woman sits on you how successful you are as a feeder.’

He now hopes to take his feeder relationship with Gabi further.

‘I would like to be physical but at the same time I don’t want to rush things. I’ve rushed things in the past and they haven’t worked out and I really want this.’