Teen sues after she was taped in dressing room - WKRN News 2

Teen sues after she was taped in dressing room

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Kenneth Applegate II Kenneth Applegate II

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. - A local teenager is suing a popular retailer and a former employee she says secretly videotaped her while she was trying on clothes in the store's dressing room.

According to the lawsuit, 21-year-old Kenneth Applegate II placed a camera near one of the dressing rooms at Abercrombie and Fitch inside the Rivergate Mall.

The 16-year-old plaintiff was inside at the time.

"She looked down and saw what appeared to be rustling of clothes below her," the teen's attorney, Martin Holmes, told News 2.  "At first she thought someone was picking up clothes from the floor.  She then looked again and saw a camera pointed at her."

Holmes said his client screamed and ran out of the dressing room.

That's where she says she came face to face with Applegate.

According to court documents, the alleged incident happened in September 2007.

Applegate denied any wrongdoing but a few days later, a co-worker at Abercrombie and Fitch found his camera under a stack of clothes.

On the memory stick, police found pictures of the 16-year-old victim.

"They were relatively sure at that point it was [Applegate's] because someone remembered seeing him with a camera in his pocket and it was the same type of camera," Goodlettsville Police Chief Richard Pope explained.

"She was extremely concerned the photos or videotape of her may appear on the Internet so she was severely traumatized at the time," Holmes added.

The young woman claims the store was negligent in hiring Applegate because he had been banned from the mall a month before the incident.

She is suing for $1.5 million.

A message was left for Abercrombie and Fitch but News 2's phone calls were not returned.

Applegate pleaded guilty to unlawful photography, trespassing and tampering with evidence.

He was also unreachable Wednesday for comment.

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