Man Who Identifies as Woman Pleads Guilty to Voyeurism at Idaho Target

Smith Mugshot-compressedAMMON, Idaho — An Idaho man who identifies as a woman has plead guilty to a charge of felony voyeurism after he 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 to go before a jury within days, but on Oct. 17, he unexpectedly entered a guilty plea of “Video Voyeurism Without Mutual Consent” before District Judge Joel Tingey.

As previously reported, Smith was arrested in July after admitting to a detective that he “had made videos in the past of women undressing” and that he “makes these videos for the ‘same reason men go online to look at pornography.’”

He had been confronted by the mother of the teen following the incident, but ran out of the store and took off in his vehicle. A police detective then caught up with Smith at his home.

The unidentified 18-year-old victim had reportedly been trying on a swimsuit in the unisex fitting room of the Ammon Target when she noticed Smith 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.”

Smith, who was wearing a dress and wig, was later tracked to his home, where he was questioned.

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Smith is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 28. He faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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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  • HisChild


    • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

      Many have been boycotting target. I have not been to one since it has been boycotted.

      • HisChild

        I keep the boycott going too, LadyInChrist.

        • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

          Good 🙂 That’s the best thing we can do.

    • Michael C

      Terrence Sicilia committed the same crime in a Walmart fitting room a few months ago.

      Are Walmart’s policies on the treatment of transgender staff and customers any different than Target’s?


      • HisChild

        I don’t know about that Michael C. All I can say is I don’t shop Wally World either. If these department stores insist on letting men in women’s changing rooms, they should expand the walls to reach the ceiling and plug any holes in the walls that may appear daily. Personally, I don’t use public changing rooms. Clothes tried on at home are easy enough to exchange.

        • Michael C

          If these department stores insist on letting men in women’s changing rooms,…

          They don’t let men use the women’s changing rooms. If I’m not mistaken most (if not all) Target and Walmart stores have one fitting room area with individual stalls with lockable doors. They don’t have separate fitting room areas for men and women.

          These types of changing rooms are far more secure than most fitting rooms I’ve used. In many stores, the only barrier between the fitting room and the sales floor is a curtain on a rod.

          The fact that Target and Walmart stores have policies in place prohibiting discrimination against transgender employees and customers (like most other retailers) has nothing to do with the fact that peeping toms exist. These non-discrimination policies have not lead to peeping. Even if Target and Walmart stores forbade transgender men and women from using the appropriate facilities, none of these types of incidents would have been prohibited.

  • Trilemma

    A different policy would not have prevented this person from taking these videos.

    • Nidalap

      Just from being granted free easy access to do so…

      • Michael C

        Every Target store I’ve been to has one changing area with individual stalls.

        Like many, many other retailers, they don’t have a separate “men’s” and “women’s” fitting area.

      • Trilemma

        This person was intent on committing a crime and would have done so even if there were separate men’s and women’s fitting rooms and regardless of any policy. The only way Target could have prevented this person from taking videos would have been to have taller walls for their fitting rooms. All retailers should consider installing taller walls for their fitting rooms and making the walls go all the way to the floor.

      • HisChild

        It’s time department stores raise the wall to meet the ceiling in the fitting rooms, Nidalap.

  • Gena B

    Guess the next time I have to try on clothes in the fitting room my husband is coming with me.