Transgender woman arrested in Idaho after changing room incident

Transgender woman arrested in Idaho after changing room incident

Transgender woman arrested in Idaho after changing room incident

On July 11th, 2016 the Bonneville County Sheriff's Office responded to the Ammon Target store where an adult female reported a subject taking pictures of her while she was inside a changing room trying on clothes. Deputies say the suspect was seen taking photos of a woman in a stall next to him while she was changing. When an investigator arrived at Smith's home, documents state "the defendant's roommate told (the investigator) her roommate is a transgender male who identifies as a female, Shauna Smith". Shauna Patricia Smith was arrested on one felony count of voyeurism following the incident. "She kept saying she wanted those pictures deleted", an unnamed witness told The East Idaho News.Com.

Though Smith identifies as a woman, the witness identified the suspect as a man and the jail inmate roster lists Smith as a man named Sean Patrick Smith.

Just a few months after Target announced its controversial policy regarding transgender individuals using their stores' bathrooms, a transgender person was arrested for photographing women in a Target in Ammon, Idaho on Tuesday.

Bonneville County detectives learned the vehicle was registered to Smith. The charge could bring up to five years in prison. Most relevant for the conversations now underway, 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 and the American Family Association, a conservative Christian activist group, started a petition drive to get those who disagreed with the store's policy to pledge to boycott the store.

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