A top Mormon church official was just arrested for filming a woman changing at the mall

The man who was caught trying to film a woman inside a retail store dressing room in Nashville, Tennessee has been revealed to be a high-ranking official within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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55-year-old Stephen Murdock was arrested last Tuesday and subsequently released on bail after he was allegedly caught trying to film a woman named Alondra Alcala as she was trying on clothes inside an H&M dressing room. Murdock was visiting Nashville and lives in Salt Lake City where he is a high councilor in the LDS Church, reports Fox 17.

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Alcala says Murdock — who looked like a store employee to her — guided her into a dressing room where she intended to try on five or six items of clothing.

“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, who said she thought the situation was a joke or prank at first.

She removed herself from the room and went into the next closest one, which is where she encountered Murdock again. Alcala then asked another bystander to call 9-1-1.

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“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,” said Alcala.

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The police arrested Murdock shortly after they arrived on the scene. He was charged with “unlawful photography” and was released from jail after putting up te $1000 for his bail.

Members of Murdock’s church are understandably horrified by such behavior coming from an LDS official.

“It’s just disappointing to see that um, especially someone in that position isn’t meeting that same position themselves,” one Mormon parishioner told Fox 17. 

Unfortunately, this is not the first time an ostensibly religious figure has been exposed as a predator. All too often we see people ascend to positions of power within religious organizations only to exploit their power or use their reputation to shield their sick behavior. Luckily, no one was harmed in this incident and Murdock has been outed and shamed for the criminal he is.

WSMV covered the story on television.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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