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Police: Woodland Church Musician Secretly Filmed Women in Bathroom

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Twenty women and girls were allegedly filmed in a Woodland Church bathroom by someone they had trusted, according to the Woodland Police Department.

Woodland Police say the alleged crime surfaced after one of the parishioners found a cell phone in the women's bathroom. After investigators took a look at its contents, they found 14 women and six underage girls appearing to have been secretly filmed.

Over the course of four months, Woodland Police investigators say 23-year-old Stephen Masalta did the filming in the bathroom of New Life Community Church.

"Secretly videoing people as they were coming in-and-out of that restroom,” Sergeant Brett Hancock with the Professional Standards Unit of the Woodland Police explained.

Stephen Masalta

Stephen Masalta (Woodland PD)


Hancock said a parishioner found a cell phone in the women's bathroom. Investigators explained that their forensic team led them to Masalta's Sacramento home in April, where they found more evidence against him.

"Through more forensic analysis of those items they discovered a number of many more victims," Hancock said.

Hancock said Masalta was a musician at the Woodland Church. At this time, the only footage they found is isolated to New Life.

“I don't know if he's done it in other places," Hancock said. "Our investigation didn't lead us anywhere else other than the church."

He added, 19 of the victims have been identified but they're still trying to identify the 20th.

Hancock said Masalta has posted bail. He is facing multiple charges including felony eavesdropping and possession of obscene material.

We also asked him if he will be facing more charges because six of the victims were minors, he said the DA's office may decide to add more charges.