It’s another case of creepy peepers snooping on women and girls in Target: A man named Sean Patrick Smith who identifies as a woman by the name of Shauna Patricia Smith was arrested on charges tied to taking photographs of women inside a dressing room at a Target retail store in Ammon, Idaho.
Target, which recently opened its bathrooms and dressing rooms to both genders, allowing users to visit the facility that most corresponded with their chosen sex – so men could use women’s facilities, and vice versa – has caused widespread outrage among shoppers. The American Family Association, for example, launched a petition signed by more than 1.3 million demanding a reversal of the open-door policy. Shareholders concerned about falling stock prices confronted CEO Brian Cornell at a June meeting in California and asked him to consider a return to single-sex bathrooms, as WND previously reported.
And Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, issued a scathing criticism of Target over what he called a policy that “encourages sexual predators and puts women and children in danger,” as WND reported.
Graham’s prediction seems to have come to pass.
Smith, a 46-year-old Idaho Falls man, was booked into the Bonneville County Jail on a felony count of voyeurism after a woman reported to deputies how a man, dressed in women’s clothing, entered the female dressing room at Target and started snapping pictures. East Idaho News reported he took pictures of the woman in the stall next to his, while she was changing.
Local 8 News reported the female victim saw the suspect reaching over the wall separating the changing rooms and snapping pictures with a cell phone.
“The woman was begging for help as she chased the man out the door,” a witness said, the local newspaper reported. “She kept saying she wanted those pictures deleted.”
Detectives located Smith some time later, at a location outside of Target, and took him into custody. Bonneville County Sgt. Bryan Lovell said investigators are trying to determine if there were other victims.
WND has been tracking this alarming trend, reporting incidents of Target’s peeping toms also surfacing in North Dakota, Massachusetts, Texas and Ohio.
According to a 16-year-old girl who visited a Target in Bismark, North Dakota, a man positioned a phone under her door with the camera facing up.
“When she walked out, the man entered a different dressing room,” reported WDAY-6 in Fargo, North Dakota.
The manager of the Target declined to comment on the incident, according to the station.
Bismarck police said the suspect is a white male, age 30 to 50, possible around six feet tall, with a muscular build and glasses.
Cops looked for another peeping tom in Revere, Massachusetts, who reportedly spied on a 17-year-old girl changing in a Target dressing room.
Police provided still photos of the suspect they said is a white male in his 30s with brown hair and a white button-down shirt. He drives a Toyota Prius.
Also in May at a Frisco, Texas, Target, a 29-year-old man, Charles Sidney McKissack III, was caught by police after he reportedly used his cell phone to film an underage girl in the women’s dressing room.
“Investigators say the suspect put his cell phone over the wall of a female changing room and shot video of the girl,” according to a report by Fox 4 in Dallas.
He ran off after the girl saw the camera, but police released footage of him captured by a store camera.
And in April, Joshua Sheldon, 33, pleaded guilty to voyeurism in Miami Township, Ohio, after he reportedly looked under a women’s dressing room door in Target.
Sheldon was sentenced to 90 days in jail and ordered to pay a $380 fine. He is required to register as a sex offender and stay away from Target stores for two years.
Additional reporting by Chelsea Schilling.