Trans Woman Accused of Voyeurism in Target Store

Transgender community is 'completely disgusted'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2016 4:02 AM CDT
Updated Jul 14, 2016 6:30 AM CDT
Trans Woman Accused of Voyeurism in Target Store
A passer-by walks near an entrance to a Target store.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

A person who identifies as a transgender woman was booked into jail as a man after being accused of voyeurism in a Target store in Idaho. The Bonneville County Sheriff's Office says 43-year-old Shauna Patricia Smith has been charged with felony video voyeurism for allegedly reaching over the wall of a dressing room with a phone and taking photos of an 18-year-old woman who was getting changed, WJLA reports. Cops say the suspect ran out of the store after being confronted, and video surveillance footage led them to Smith, whose legal name is still Sean Patrick Smith. In court papers, investigators say Smith admitted taking videos of women undressing.

Trans activist Sierra Gormsen tells BuzzFeed that Smith contacted her a few months ago asking about a support group, though she's not clear if Smith was on hormones or planned any kind of surgery. "In all reality, being transgender has nothing to do with this and really is an unnecessary detail," Gormsen says. "If they are transgender, this would be the first time a transgender person has been guilty of such a crime." She adds: "This is an unfortunate incident and the entire transgender community as a whole is completely disgusted by Smith's actions. The actions of one now has the power to fuel a setback in equality for all genders." (Target announced earlier this year that workers and shoppers should use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.)

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