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07-13-2016, 10:28 AM

Idaho transgender woman accused of recording woman in Target dressing room
KTVB , KTVB 11:13 AM. MDT July 13, 2016

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AMMON, Idaho -- A transgender woman is facing a felony charge after sheriff's officials say she used a cell phone to record a woman trying on clothes in the changing room of an Ammon business.

Bonneville County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Bryan Lovell said the incident happened at a Target store Monday afternoon.

He said the victim was changing clothes when she noticed someone holding a cell phone over the wall of changing room stall to take photos of her.

Several witnesses also spotted a person described as "a male dressed in women's clothing" attempting to photograph the woman, according to Lovell. The suspect ran out of the store after being confronted.

Deputies identified the suspect as 43-year-old Sean Patrick Smith, also known as Shauna Patricia Smith, with help from surveillance footage and witness information. Lovell said Smith identifies as a transgender woman.

Smith was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Bonneville County Jail on a felony charge of voyeurism.

Earlier this year, Target instituted a policy allowing customers and employees to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify

Captain Pancakes
01-07-2017, 08:45 AM
An Idaho transgender woman was handed a two- to five-year prison sentence despite pleading in court that her filming of a teenaged girl undressing in a Target store dressing room was just “a mistake,” a report says.

Shauna Smith, 43, who was booked into Bonneville County Jail last July under her birth name of Sean Patrick Smith, reportedly*told police*upon arrest that the videos were*“sexually gratifying.” But in court, Smith claimed that it was all just a “mistake.”

After apologizing for causing the victim mental anguish, Smith added, “I don’t feel that I’m a bad person. I’m truly sorry I made these mistakes,” according to the Post Register.

The 18-year-old victim petitioned the judge to give Smith the full five-year sentence, saying that the whole incident has caused her severe mental anguish.

“It’s kind of a far-fetched cliché,” the victim said. “I never thought this would happen. I always supported the transgender community, but I felt a little betrayed.”

The victim went on to reveal that she was more than just a “little betrayed” by revealing that she has been living in a “permanent state of anxiety” since the incident in the Target changing room, adding that ever since the violation, she has felt unsafe and afraid to be alone.

Despite the victim’s anguish, though, District Judge Joel Tingey refused to sentence Smith to the full five years, instead issuing a two- to five-year sentence to give a parole board the option to release the convict after two years in prison.

Judge Tingey did note in court that Smith “victimized a young lady” by taking advantage of Target’s loose transgender bathroom policy.

This July invasion of privacy incident occurred only about four months after Target announced that it was going to allow transgender people*to choose whichever bathroom or changing room they want to*use at any given time.