- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A transgender woman in Idaho was arrested on Tuesday and accused of taking pictures of a woman trying on clothes in a Target changing room.

Police responded to a call on Monday from a woman who said she noticed someone reaching over her stall and taking pictures while she was trying on clothes, the Post Register reported. The victim confronted the perpetrator, who ran out of the store.

Authorities were able to identify the suspect after reviewing security footage and interviewing witnesses.

A news release issued by the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect is Sean Smith, 43, who also goes by the name Shauna Patrick Smith. The suspect faces a charge of felony voyeurism, punishable by up to five years in prison.

The incident comes amid a national boycott effort aimed at Target, after the retail giant said in April it would allow customers to use the intimate facilities corresponding with their professed gender identity.

The American Family Association petition, signed by millions vowing not to shop at Target until it reverses the policy, argues the store is putting women and girls in danger.

The Idaho arrest comes less than a month after Zachary Bishop, 22, was arrested for allegedly recording two young women changing clothes at a Target in Bedford, New Hampshire.

And Charles Sidney McKissack, III, 29, was arrested in May after allegedly trying to film young girls changing at a Super Target in Frisco, Texas.

Target’s stock has plummeted since announcing its restroom and changing room policy. The company’s share price peaked on April 19 at $83.50, the same day it reiterated its policy of allowing access to intimate facilities on the basis of gender identity. The share price currently sits at $73.29, a decline of more than 12 percent.

Responding to questions from disgruntled shareholders at the company’s annual meeting last month, Target CEO Brian Cornell said the store’s economic woes are not related to the boycott effort.

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