Crime

Arizona Sex Offender Busted Filming Woman in Utah Mall Changing Room

A Utah woman nearly became a movie star earlier this month -- the only problem with that is she didn't know she was being recorded, the movie was being filmed in a shopping mall dressing room, and the (ahem) director was a convicted sex offender from Arizona.

On March 9, a woman was trying on clothes in the dressing room at a Forever 21 store at the South Towne Center mall near Salt Lake City, when she heard noises coming from the changing room next to her.

The woman looked down and saw someone holding a cellphone under the bottom of the dressing room wall.

According to court records first obtained by Desert News, "he was using a pair of black pants to conceal/camouflage the phone."

Any attempt to conceal the phone was a failure -- the woman, still half-dressed, left her changing room and started pounding on the door of the room in which the alleged perv was trying to film her in the buff.

The victim told store employees, who called police, but the suspect got away before cops arrived. However, surveillance footage showed the suspect hanging out around the store prior to the incident.

Police got several tips from the public that led them to 47-year-old Gary Steven Pacholick, who just so happens to be a sex offender from Arizona with a "history of voyeurism."

Pacholick was convicted of sexual exploitation of a minor in Arizona in 2002, and lewdness in Utah's 3rd District Court in 1995.

Pacholick was arrested earlier today and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of voyeurism.

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