Transgender Person Arrested For Taking Pictures Of Woman In Target Dressing Room

Peter Hasson | Reporter

Idaho police arrested a man — who identifies as a transgender woman — on one count of felony voyeurism Tuesday after he took pictures of a woman while she was changing clothes in a Target dressing room, the Post Register reported.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested 43-year-old Sean Patrick Smith, who reportedly identifies as Shauna Patricia Smith, the day after he was spotted reaching over the changing room wall with a cell phone taking pictures of a woman who was trying on clothes. The victim confronted Smith, who then ran out of the store.

The alleged incident took place on Monday. Authorities tracked down Smith after interviewing witnesses and reviewing security footage, local news stations reported. If convicted, Smith faces up to five years in prison.

Target announced in April that men who identify as women would be allowed to use the women’s facilities at the retail store. Soon after, a man recorded himself receiving permission from Target staff to use the women’s bathrooms after he explained that’s where he “feels comfortable.”

A petition calling for a boycott of Target received hundreds of thousands of signatures from people upset with the bathroom policy. The company’s stock dropped soon after, costing the company more than $2 billion, according to one estimate.

Target shareholders expressed their displeasure with the bathroom policy at the annual shareholders meeting last month but the company has remained committed to allowing customers to use whichever bathroom they’re most comfortable using.

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