55-year-old Steven Murdock of Murray, Utah was arrested after police say he took photos of Women at an Opry Mills Mall dressing room. Murdock is a high councilor with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FOX 17 News confirmed.
The victim, Alondra Alcala said, “I thought it was a joke,” Alcala said. “I thought it was a prank, I thought somebody was just messing with me."
A man who looked like an H&M employee directed her to a specific dressing room where she planned to try on clothes. She said, “From there, I undressed from the waist down, and I looked up and in the corner of the dressing room at the top, there was a camera phone, an iPhone, pointing down at me, so I obviously knew I was being recorded, I freaked out, I froze.”
She exited the dressing room and she told someone to call the police. “I was kind of cornering him, kind of grabbing his arms, and I did watch him delete photos of me on his phone. Thankfully I was able to slap it out of his hand and take it and run out,” Alcala said.
According to an affidavit, Murdock’s wife asked Alcala to not call police.
Photo: Nashville Police
An spokesperson from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement regarding Murdock’s status within the leadership of his congregation in Holladay:
“This type of behavior is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated from any Church member. This individual had previously served as a bishop (volunteer, unpaid leader) of a local congregation, and then as a high councilor (a volunteer position that helps with the administration of several local congregations). When local leaders learned of the arrest and charges, he was immediately removed from all responsibilities. A person that engages in this type of behavior may have their Church privileges restricted or may face the potential loss of Church membership.”