VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Police have arrested a man after they say he took pictures of a teenage girl in the dressing room of a department store. Now, officers are asking the public to come forward if they believe they’ve been victimized.
Officers arrested Matthew Ryan Rush on Sunday and charged him with production of child pornography and unlawful filming.
The incident allegedly happened May 22 at Target on Independence Boulevard in Green Run.
“It’s very disturbing,” said Brenda Stevenson, a shopper who says she has daughters. “…To think of someone filming them without them knowing is horrifying.”
Police say the victim, who is between 15 and 17, looked down at one point to find Rush’s cell phone pointing at her from under the dressing room door.
Officers say she alerted store security, but officers say Rush took off.
“It could happen anywhere,” said Stevenson. “You never know what people are thinking or people out in the community, you never know their state of mind.”
The 29-year-old appeared in court Tuesday morning. A judge denied him bond on both charges.
Rush is scheduled to be back in court June 13 for a determination hearing.
The Virginia Beach Police Department is asking the public to call them if they believe they were videotaped or photographed by Rush. They can be reached at 757-385-4101.
A spokeswoman for Target released the following statement to 10 On Your Side:
At Target, we want all of our guests to have a safe and welcoming experience whenever they shop at our stores. We will not tolerate this behavior and we are working closely with law enforcement by offering whatever support is needed. We appreciate their assistance in apprehending this individual. Since this is an active investigation, we ask that you direct all further questions to law enforcement.”
Rush declined to speak with 10 On Your Side from jail.