Man Who Identifies as Woman Arrested for Voyeurism at Idaho Target

Smith Mugshot-compressedAMMON, Idaho — An Idaho man who identifies as a woman was arrested on Tuesday after he allegedly recorded video footage of a teenager trying on a swimsuit in a Target fitting room.

Sean Patrick Smith, 46, who goes by Shauna Patricia Smith, was taken into custody and charged with one felony count of voyeurism following the incident.

According to reports, the 18-year-old was trying on a swimsuit in the Ammon store’s unisex fitting room on Monday when she noticed someone holding a phone over the separator.

“The woman was begging for help as she chased the man out the door,” a witness told East Idaho News. “She kept saying she wanted those pictures deleted.”

The girl’s mother confronted Smith, who was wearing a dress and wig, but he fled the scene.

The following day, police tracked Smith to his home, where he was questioned. Documents composed by investigators outline that “the defendant eventually admitted … that she had made videos in the past of women undressing.”

“The defendant told [the detective] that she makes these videos for the ‘same reason men go online to look at pornography,'” police noted, adding that Smith said that he finds the footage to be “sexually gratifying.”

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Law enforcement did find video footage of the teenager trying on the swimsuit on Smith’s phone.

Smith was booked as a male in the Booneville County Jail, where he is being held on $30,000 bond. Police are investigating whether there are indeed other victims who have been recorded by Smith.

Video footage of Smith’s court appearance on Wednesday obtained by East Idaho News shows the suspect listening as a judge reads the accusation that Smith recorded the teenager “without her knowledge or consent with the intent of arousing or appealing to or gratifying your lusts or passions or sexual desires.”

Smith has been appointed a public defender and has been ordered not to have any contact with the victim.

As previously reported, in April, Target outlined its company policy on restroom and fitting room use following controversy over the “bathroom bills” passed in North Carolina and Mississippi.

“In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways. Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity,” the announcement said.

The revelation drew both applause and criticism, and some vowed to discontinue shopping at Target until it changed its policy. The Mississippi-based American Family Association (AFA) soon also launched an official pledge campaign to boycott Target, which resulted in over a million signatures.

But CEO Brian Cornell defended the company’s policy, stating, “[W]e’re going to continue to embrace our belief of diversity and inclusion—just how important that is to our company.”


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  • Joshua Krug

    Dresses as a woman, but finds an undressed woman sexually gratifying?

    • axelbeingcivil

      Yes, that is indeed some people’s preference in life. People are complex. Choosing to wear dresses doesn’t mean a biologically male person is attracted to men. It doesn’t mean they’re trans either, necessarily. Many self-professed drag queens are often “ladies’ men”; the confidence required to dress up in a way that seems silly to others and show off in public while exuding a sense of comfort and freedom is quite a thing.

      People are a complex tapestry of sexual orientations, romantic orientations, gender identity, and so much else. Read and you’ll be fascinated.

      • Amos Moses

        They are a complex tapestry of SIN ……………… and nothing else …………

        • Becky

          Beautifully stated.

    • Michael C

      gender identity =/= sexual orientation

      two separate and distinct things

      • Amos Moses

        Nope ……….. both are a lie ………. so equal ………

        • Ambulance Chaser

          Well, I certainly can’t argue with that well-thought-out, meticulously-researched opinion.

          • Amos Moses

            Nor i yours ……….. but a lie is a lie and needs no research ……….. it needs discernment ……

  • axelbeingcivil

    Something important to note: Target’s had unisex changing rooms in their stores for a decade now, and is hardly the only place – unisex or separate – to have this sort of behaviour. While this act is definitely criminal and deserves punishment if found to be true, there are so many other incidents like this that don’t involve trans-people that are not reported here that I have to assume the only reason this article exists is to justify the opinions of those who believe trans-people will use access to the gendered facilities they identify with to violate privacy.

    • Becky

      The issue here is about the transperverts. Whether “gay”, “lesbian”, etc., they’re all perverted and open to all lewd and lascivious acts.

      • axelbeingcivil

        If you’ve spent any time on the interet at all, you might have noticed that perversion is something that people of all orientations and genders participate in.

        If you’d ever actually spoken to some trans-people or homosexuals, you’d quickly find their respective genders and orientations are not simply something they do for thrills.

        • Amos Moses

          They do it out of a depraved and reprobate mind ……… mental disease …. their observations of themselves is not a point of trust ………. their vision of that is warped …………..

          • axelbeingcivil

            And you base this off your decades of experience as a psychologist, do you? Your deep neuroscientific studies on brain development?

          • Amos Moses

            And your Bona Fides are what ……….. EXACTLY …….

          • axelbeingcivil

            You’re the one makin’ the claim, bucko.

          • Amos Moses

            So did you …… sport ………..

          • axelbeingcivil

            That, me chummer, is something drawn from talking to actual people. Also, actually seeing the political movements of the past decade or so. I’m not sure how you could miss any of that.

          • Amos Moses

            People who have a mental impairment and cannot properly diagnose themselves due to that impairment ….. so completely worthless as an opinion …..

            …..politics is wrong FAR more than it is ever right ……… as it is based on lies to begin with …..

          • axelbeingcivil

            It’s not an impairment either. You really need to work on your medical nomenclature.

          • Amos Moses

            No ……… you need to work on your discernment ……… it is not knowing right from wrong ……. it is knowing right from ALMOST right ……….

        • Amos Moses

          And do you trust the mentally ill to self diagnose? ……………….

          • axelbeingcivil

            You’re not up to date on what qualifies as a mental illness, are you?

          • Amos Moses

            More than you apparently ………

            BDD – Diagnosis and Clinical Assessment in BDD

            To diagnose BDD, the DSM-5 criteria should be followed. DSM-5 classifies BDD in the chapter of “Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders.” The DSM-5 …

            They do not see themselves as they are and see something different than what is ……… Body Dysmorphia ……… and it also includes Bulimia, Anorexia, OCD and a few others …..

            Their self diagnosis is no more reliable than a schizophrenic telling you they are normal ……

          • axelbeingcivil

            Who, exactly, is self-diagnosing here? Body dysmorphic disorder is a diagnosis provided by psychologists if someone is experiencing clinically significant impairments due to their internal self-image being negative and/or out of sync with their external image. It’s a diagnosis applied to a wide variety of people, some of whom are trans but far more commonly to people with negative self-image.

            That “clinically significant impairments” part is critical because a mental disorder requires impairments beyond what is considered normal for a given set of behaviours. This is why, for example, grieving over the loss of a loved one is considered normal despite it having many symptoms in common with depression; one is a normal, expected, and acceptable part of life, while the other is a serious impairment of life brought about either via circumstance or chemical imbalances.

            Being trans isn’t synonymous with BDD.

          • Amos Moses

            “if someone is experiencing clinically significant impairments due to their internal self-image being negative and/or out of sync with their external image.”

            As a transexual does …….. anyone who wants to use a bathroom based on their body image dysmorpia ………… got BDD ………….. and they is ……….

          • axelbeingcivil

            Those things aren’t exactly something that’s usually qualified as a clinically significant impairment. A clinically significant impairment would be something like, say, persistent negative thoughts, self-harm, an inability to leave the home, persistent anxiety that interferes with daily life, etc.

          • Amos Moses

            It is if they need a law to convince everyone just how right they are and how wrong everyone else is ………. when they are not wrong ………

          • axelbeingcivil

            Y’know, my go-to response would be to point out we somehow needed laws to point out that sexism or denying certain people the vote was immoral too, but you’ve spoken out against interracial marriages, so…

          • Amos Moses

            “but you’ve spoken out against interracial marriages, so…”

            Where ……… my comments are wide open ……. quote mine away …….. good luck with that ………

          • axelbeingcivil

            Maybe I’m misremembering? If so, then the go-to point stands; people needed laws to tell them slavery and discrimination were wrong. Turns out needing a law to tell you something’s wrong is pretty common in human history.

          • Amos Moses

            Right ………….. and yet they ignore Christs laws at will ……………

      • epidipnis

        That’s not correct.

  • Ambulance Chaser

    Clearly, this site’s point in posting this article is so that we all can shout “See? Target’s transgender policy facilitates peeping toms! We should resume making people change in the fitting room of their birth sex!”

    Well, I’m not sure that’s true, but let’s assume that it is for the moment. One isolated incident is insufficient basis for sledgehammering the rights of thousands of other people who are wholly innocent of this behavior. Unless someone here wants to discuss curtailing the Second Amendment?

    • Amos Moses

      Self-defense is a right ………… mental illness is not a right ……….. it is disease ……

      • Ambulance Chaser

        Thank you for that completely irrelevant post.

        • Amos Moses

          Back at cha sport ……….

        • Oboehner

          Troll on!

    • Oboehner

      Sledgehammering the rights of thousands of other people who don’t want some whacked out man invading their privacy – and yes, anything with male parts is a man.

      • Ambulance Chaser

        It is? Based on what? You do understand that the vast majority of the medical and psychological community disagree with you, right?

        • Oboehner

          The “vast majority” as appointed by who, you?
          How about the good old “you rights end where another’s begin”?
          Do explain how the “vast majority of the medical and psychological community” label the woman who identifies as a cat is ANY different then some other nut-job who thinks they are something that even a kindergartener can clearly see they are not?

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Appointed by no one. That’s my point. They came to the conclusions because that’s where the evidence led.

            “Do explain how the ‘vast majority of the medical and psychological community’ label the woman who identifies as a cat is ANY different then some other nut-job who thinks they are something that even a kindergartener can clearly see they are not?”

            I’m sorry, is that English?

          • Oboehner

            No, they came to the conclusions because that’s where the grant money led.
            Apparently too much English for you to comprehend, go find a third grader to help you, then get back to me.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            I understand your words, it’s just that you’re wrong.

            But if you think you’re right, show me some evidence. I look forward to seeing it.

          • Oboehner

            No, it’s just that you can’t answer because you haven’t one.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Answer what?

          • Oboehner

            Get back to me when you find that third grader.

          • Ronald Carter

            It’s so cute watching you pretend you have a clue.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            It’s like talking to a drunk Adam Sandler impersonator.

          • Ronald Carter

            I was gonna say J. Fred Muggs.

          • Jolanda Tiellemans

            Nope, it’s actually kindergartner. but hey, he was close.

          • Ronald Carter

            I don’t know why you always take one look at anything that is supported completely by evidence and go running at top speed in the other direction like a vampire from a wooden stake.

          • Oboehner

            I don’t know why you run around claiming “evidence” when you have none.

          • Ronald Carter

            I don’t, but the experts do.

          • Oboehner

            Always the appeal to authority and popular opinion, never fact.

          • Ronald Carter

            No, it’s always fact. It’s not my fault you don’t know that consulting factual sources is in no way an appeal to anything. Why don’t you appeal to a high school equivalence test sometime.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Diversity and inclusion of utter evil, they mean. Man should be ashamed to be dressed as a woman, to start with. Extreme godlessness brings mental illness. USA needs Christian education to be normal.

  • Amos Moses

    CDC Official: We’re Seeing ‘Epidemic of Syphilis’ Among Gay Men
    Apr 23, 2015 … “A few cases have occurred, though, in HIV negative MSM and heterosexuals. … In 2013, the CDC released the report, “Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the … of drug-resistant gonorrhea, respond to the rising rates of syphilis, and … And isn’t it ironic that the current polite acronym for homosexuals is “MSM”?

    Cases of drug-resistant gonorrhea skyrocket
    Antibiotic-resistant cases of the sexually transmitted illness gonorrhea have more than quadrupled in the United States.

    This new data, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, should serve as a warning that “the future of current treatment options may be in jeopardy,” the agency said in a news release issued Thursday.

    Because its all just good clean fun …….. and not SIN ……. and God approves ……….. and now that homosexuals can get “married” ……… they will all be just fine if only the christians will just sit down and shut up ….. /Sarc1

    • Ambulance Chaser

      So, if one gay man who has no STD’s engages in sexual contact with another gay man who has no STD’s, which one gets an STD?

      • Amos Moses

        Sorry …… i dont do to well with rhetoricals …….

        • Ambulance Chaser

          It’s not a “rhetorical” It’s a hypothetical.

          • Amos Moses

            Its a pathetical ……..

          • Ambulance Chaser

            I love how you discuss issues by simply refusing to have a discussion at all.

    • Nidalap

      Back in the day, before it became politically incorrect to say so, homosexual intercourse was correctly listed as high-risk behavior…

      • epidipnis

        Any unprotected, casual sex can be considered high-risk. It is not high-risk in a monogamous gay relationship.

        • Nidalap

          Of course it is. Made all the more so by abandoning the proper biological uses of the body in such instances…

          • epidipnis

            Are you agreeing with me or disagreeing? Your second sentence makes no sense.

  • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

    Target made themselves a target: they embraced the evil, and now the evil is embracing them.

  • D.Kermott

    What does this sentence say about the writer’s bias?
    “The defendant told [the detective] that she makes these videos for the ‘same reason men go online to look at pornography,’”

    She? Ok… I’ll humor you and go along with the (doubtful) premise that this guy thinks he’s a girl. Genetics does not agree with his “feelings” or “personal identification”. XY = man. XX= girl. If he really thinks this way he needs psychological help not people cooperating with his delusion.

    Now, does anyone REALLY believe this guy identifies as a girl? That would make him a lesbian trapped in a man’s body — no joke. So he’s interested in girls but he identifies as a girl?

    This reminds me of the Scottish law that prosecuted a sheep rustling more severely than sheep molestation — suddenly there were lots of people “supposedly” molesting sheep to get a more lenient sentence.