Shauna Patricia Smith, 43, was arrested Tuesday after a woman claimed Smith had taken photos of her in a dressing room at a Target store in Ammon, Idaho, police told reporters.
A transgender Idaho Falls woman was arrested on one count of felony voyeurism for a report that she took pictures of another woman changing clothes in a dressing room in a Target store in Ammon, Idaho.
(Unlike a fake news report from April 2016 involving a woman supposedly arrested for taking pictures of underage girls in a Target bathroom, this report is real.)
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the store after a woman reported that someone was taking pictures of her while she was trying on clothes inside a dressing room.
The victim noticed the suspect reaching over the wall with a cellphone taking pictures and confronted her, prompting the suspect to flee the store on foot.
According to a Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office news release, “Detectives were able to review witness information and security footage from Target that led them to come in contact with 43-year-old Sean Patrick Smith.
who also identifies as Shauna Patricia Smith, a transgender female.”
Detectives are investigating the case to determine if any more victims exist relating to this incident, the release said. The charge against Smith is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Target made headlines in April 2016 when they issued a public statement saying that the company “supports the federal Equality Act, which provides protections to LGBT individuals, and opposes action that enables
discrimination, and that “we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.”
The announcement drew protests throughout the country, including a petition drive and boycott call from the American Family Association, a conservative Christian activist group.
This incident, however, took place in a dressing room area and not a bathroom and thus was unrelated to Target’s policy regarding the latter.