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Published On: Thu, Jul 14th, 2016

‘Transgender’ Sean Smith arrested in Target for photographing women in changing room

An Idaho man, dressed as a woman, has been arrested for taking pictures of a woman in the changing room of a Target store. Sean Patrick Smith of Idaho Falls, was identified as the “transgender” man arrested in a Ammon, Idaho Target.

The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office responded after a woman said she saw the middle aged male, whom police say identifies as Shauna Patricia Smith, reaching over the dividing wall in the women’s changing area and taking pictures of her with a cell phone.

Sean Smith

Sean Smith

Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Sgt. Bryan Lovell said the woman may not have been wearing underwear while she was photographed.

Smith, 43, is a biological male, was confronted by the woman and he ran out of the store.

“The woman was begging for help as she chased the man out the door. She kept saying she wanted those pictures deleted,” one eyewitness told local media.

Officers reviewed store surveillance footage, then booked Smith in the Bonneville County Jail on a felony count of voyeurism. The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office is asking for any additional eyewitnesses to come forward.

Target announced its opposition to “discrimination” and commitment to “inclusivity” of transgender people on April 19. “We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity,” the company said in an official statement. Since the move, the Target took a big hit and now has finally risen slightly.

More than 1.3 million people had signed a Target boycott petition drawn up by the American Family Association by last month.

A national poll released Tuesday by WPA Opinion Research found that two-thirds of Americans disapprove of transgender “bathroom bills,” in which any level of government forces private businesses, schools, or other public accommodations to allow members of one biological sex to use the restrooms and intimate facilities of the opposite sex.

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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