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TPD: Man videotaped woman undressing in Forever 21 changing room

TPD: Man videotaped woman undressing in Forever 21 changing room (Courtesy of Tulsa County Jail)

Tulsa police arrested a man Tuesday for using his phone to videotape a woman undressing and trying on clothes in the Forever 21 changing room at Woodland Hills Mall.

On Nov. 21, a 19-year-old woman said while in the fitting room, she noticed the person in the room next to hers holding a cell phone under the partition. She said she knew he was recording, because she could see herself on the phone screen.

The woman immediately informed store employees, who called mall security.

Mall security confronted the man, 18-year-old Stephen Paige, who was still inside the dressing room. He was taken into custody to await Tulsa police.

Paige denied recording or taking photos of anyone undressing in the dressing room. He gave officers verbal consent to go through his phone to search for videos or pictures. They didn't find anything on the phone.

Paige was released after he signed a search waiver allowing officers to conduct a forensic examination of his phone.

The investigation of Paige's cell phone revealed pictures that had been taken inside the dressing room on Nov. 21 during the time the victim was there. The pictures showed Paige taking photographs from underneath the dressing room partition, showing partial views of unknown women and some of his own face.

“Apparently, he thought that once you delete them, they are gone forever," said officer Jeanne Pierce. "Unfortunately for him, our Forensic Cyber Crimes Unit is able to pull deleted videos and other deleted images from a phone.”

Officers also found 17 video files had been recorded on the same date during the time the photos were taken. Six more videos on Paige's phone had been recorded Nov. 18 when some of the other photos were taken.

“The scary part of all of this is that out of the 23 videos, only one victim noticed that he was doing it," said Pierce.

Paige was arrested Dec. 4, and during an interview, he admitted to using his cell phone to video record women undressing in the changing room at Forever 21. In addition, he said he deleted the videos from his phone when mall security knocked on the dressing room door.

Paige admitted to recording women undressing in public fitting rooms on three other occasions in Tulsa.

He was transported and booked into the Tulsa County Jail. He is charged with two counts of peeping Tom with photographic/electronic equipment, which is a felony offense. He is being held without bond.

There’s been at least one other peeping Tom case this year. Trevor Thompson was sentenced to 14 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to 15 counts of peeping Tom and indecent exposure in Tulsa, Mayes, and Rogers Counties.

“It’s not a very common thing that we come across," said Pierce.

She said that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. This case involving Paige is a perfect example.

“This individual saw the suspect’s camera underneath the wall," she said. "If she hadn’t seen that, then he would have gotten away with it.”

Police suggest to always be aware of your surroundings when walking into a dressing room, and if you see something suspicious, tell an employee.

Pierce said TPD's Sex Crimes Unit is investigating to see if Paige’s videos are linked to any other cases.


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