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D.C. fire captain arrested for attempted unlawful filming of 13-year-old girl at mall

Fairfax County police said that 50-year-old Rudolph Doering, of Bristow, turned himself in at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on Friday afternoon, shortly after he was charged with one count of attempted unlawful filming of a minor. (Photo: Fairfax County police)

A nearly 20-year veteran of DC Fire and EMS who had been sought in connection for allegedly filming a 13-year-old girl while she was trying on clothes inside a fitting room stall at Fair Oaks Mall has turned himself in to police.

Fairfax County police said that 50-year-old fire captain Rudolph Doering, of Bristow, turned himself in at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on Friday afternoon, shortly after he was charged with one count of attempted unlawful filming of a minor.

Police said the girl was at the mall’s Hollister Co. store between 2-3 p.m. on Jan. 7 when she looked down and saw a cell phone apparently filming her in her fitting room stall while she changed clothes. Before noticing the phone, she heard a noise in the stall next to hers.

Following the incident, the girl told her mother who in turn informed store employees.

Images from surveillance footage released Jan. 12 with Fairfax County police shows a man, now identified as Doering, in the store around the time of the incident who they were initially calling only a person of interest in the case and not a suspect.

Doering first met with police on Jan. 14 two days after the released images at the Sully District Station in Chantilly upon seeing himself on television.

Hollister has been cooperating fully with the investigation, according to police.

DC Fire and EMS released a statement to ABC7 News about Doering following the arrest, which confirmed he is a fire captain working for the department.

Detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department notified DC Fire and EMS about the arrest of Rudolph Doering earlier today. Captain Doering was immediately placed on leave from DC Fire and EMS pending the outcome of the judicial proceedings. Rudolph Doering joined DC Fire and EMS on January 3, 2000.
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