A man who was caught secretly filming a woman inside a Nashville, Tennessee H&M dressing room has been identified has a high-ranking member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Fox 17 reports.
Stephen Murdock, a high councilor with the LDS Church, was arrested on Tuesday after Metro Police said he took photos at an H&M store located in the Opry Mills Mall.
According to an affidavit, Murdock’s wife begged the victim not to call the police after the incident.
“It’s just disappointing to see that um, especially someone in that position isn’t meeting that same position themselves,” a fellow parishioner said of Murdock’s arrest.
Murdock’s victim, Alondra Alcala, said she never thought a night of shopping at Opry Mills Mall would lead to a total violation of her privacy.
“I thought it was a joke,” Alcala said. “I thought it was a prank, I thought somebody was just messing with me.”
On Tuesday afternoon, Alcala says she took five or six items into the H&M dressing room to try on. That’s where a man who Alcala says looked like an employee directed her to a specific room.
“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,” Alcala said.
She said she quickly moved to the next changing room over, where she says she found the same man who had directed her earlier.
“Unfortunately, I felt disgusted with myself. I felt like what did I do wrong, what if I wouldn’t have done this, or wouldn’t have worn this,” Alcala said. “I did feel violated, I felt gross, why is this happening to me?”
Alcala said she also told someone sitting in the waiting area to call 911.
“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.”
Once police arrived, the 55-year-old was arrested.
“It can happen to anyone. Anyone can be a victim of this, men, women, children, anybody. I would just say be alert, be aware of your surroundings, and don’t be afraid to speak up, because this sort of stuff is real,” Alcala said.