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Latter-day Saint Church says Utah man arrested on suspicion of voyeurism was removed from role as high councilor

Latter-day Saint Church says Utah man arrested on suspicion of voyeurism was removed from role as high councilor
Posted at 10:46 AM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 12:46:36-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a statement after a man serving as a high councilor in a Utah congregation was arrested on suspicion of voyeurism in Tennessee.

Steven Murdock, 55, was arrested after a woman said he filmed her while she was in a dressing room. 

Alondra Alcala said she confronted Murdock and witnessed him trying to delete the photos from his phone. She also said Murdock’s wife tried to convince her to make a “deal” by not calling police.

A church spokesperson issued a statement regarding the case and 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.”