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Utah Mormon official removed from local position after voyeurism arrest

Aug 22, 2019

By Aysha Khan

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has removed a Utah church official after he was charged with taking photos of a woman undressing in a Tennessee clothing store.

“This type of behavior is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated from any Church member,” Eric Hawkins, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told Religion News Service in an email. “When local leaders learned of the arrest and charges, he was immediately removed from all responsibilities.”

On Aug. 13, according to an affidavit, Steven Murdock, 55, a resident of Holladay, Utah, presented himself as a store employee and guided a woman into a dressing room at an H&M at Nashville’s Opry Mills Mall.

The 23-year-old woman said she noticed a phone recording her from above the corner of her stall and exited to confront Murdock, who the woman said emerged from the next stall over and began deleting photos of her from the phone. She also told police that his wife, Amy Murdock, “approached her and asked her to settle this peacefully without getting police involved,” the affidavit noted.

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