Witness: ‘The woman was begging for help!’ Sean Patrick Smith, a man who identifies as a woman was arrested and charged with trying to take photographs of women inside a dressing room at a Target retail store in Ammon, Idaho.
According to WND, Target, which recently opened its bathrooms and dressing rooms to both genders, allowing users to visit the facility that most corresponded with their chosen sex – so men could use women’s facilities, and vice versa – has caused widespread outrage among shoppers.
The American Family Association, for example, launched a petition signed by more than 1.3 million demanding a reversal of the open-door policy. Shareholders concerned about falling stock prices confronted CEO Brian Cornell at a June meeting in California and asked him to consider a return to single-sex bathrooms, as WND previously reported.
And Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, issued a scathing criticism of Target over what he called a policy that “encourages sexual predators and puts women and children in danger,” as WND reported.
Now Graham’s prediction seems to have come to pass.
Smith, a 46-year-old Idaho Falls man, was booked into the Bonneville County Jail on a felony count of voyeurism after a woman reported to deputies how a man, dressed in women’s clothing, entered the female dressing room at Target and started snapping pictures. East Idaho News reported he took pictures of the woman in the stall next to his, while she was changing.
Local 8 News reported the female victim saw the suspect reaching over the wall separating the changing rooms and snapping pictures with a cell phone.
“The woman was begging for help as she chased the man out the door,” a witness said, the local newspaper reported. “She kept saying she wanted those pictures deleted.”
Detectives located Smith some time later, at a location outside of Target, and took him into custody. Bonneville County Sgt. Bryan Lovell said investigators are trying to determine if there were other victims.