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Transgender Accused Of Taking Photos Of Woman In Changing Room

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Police arrested a man in Ammon, Idaho who claims to be a transgender woman after he allegedly took pictures of a woman in a Target changing room.

A woman accused the 43-year-old man, identified as Sean Patrick Smith, of trying to take a picture of her while she was in the changing room at Target, reports Local News 8. The woman said that she saw Smith reach over the wall and try to take a picture on a cell phone. She confronted Smith, who then allegedly ran away and left the store.

“The woman was begging for help as she chased the man out the door. She kept saying she wanted those pictures deleted,” an unnamed witness told The East Idaho News.Com. Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Sgt. Bryan Lovell said it is unknown whether the victim was wearing underwear at the time or not.

Detectives were able to track down Smith, who also goes by Shauna Patricia Smith, after talking to witnesses and reviewing Target’s security footage. After questioning Smith, detectives booked him in the Bonneville County Jail for one felony count of voyeurism.

If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison.

Target changed its bathroom policy in April in an effort to be more “inclusive” of transgender people. “We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity,” Target said in a statement. “Everyone deserves to feel like they belong. And you’ll always be accepted, respected and welcomed at Target.”

Detectives are investigating whether anyone else was potentially victimized.

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