AMMON, ID, October 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A transgender man confessed in court to taking advantage of Target's gender-inclusive policies to secretly videotape women inside a Target changing room.
Sean Patrick Smith, 46, entered a guilty plea to a felony count of video voyeurism on Monday before Idaho District Judge Joel Tingey.
Smith was arrested in July at a Target store in Ammon, Idaho, for peering over the partition with his cell phone and recording an 18-year-old female changing into swimwear. The young woman was completely nude at the time, according to her mother, who pursued Smith as he fled the store and tore out of the parking lot.
Smith later admitted to investigators that the transgender changing room policy gave him access to record several young women undressing, according to police records.
“Just because the man puts on the dress does not mean he is no longer sexually attracted to women,” Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth, told LifeSiteNews.
Smith said that he made the videos for the “same reason men go online to look at pornography.”
Both Smith's roommate and his ex-wife verified that the 43-year-old biological male is transgender and identifies as a woman, contributing to his divorce. However, Smith is still sexually attracted to women.
When the transgender restroom battle first broke into public consciousness, several LGBT activists and others in the media said laws granting men access to women's intimate facilities posed no threat, because no transgender person had ever been convicted of voyeurism in jurisdictions that legally forces businesses to make such facilities pan-gender.
LaBarbera called Smith's arrest “an inconvenient fact for pro-transgender liberals.”
Target is still dealing with the backlash over its transgender restroom and changing room policy. Its stock has tumbled from $83.50 a share on April 19 to $68.25 as of this writing. In August, it agreed to add a single-stall locking restroom to every Target in the nation, a policy pro-family advocates say does not do enough to protect women and children from would-be sexual predators.
“Common sense and maintaining safety for women and girls dictate that we keep biological men out of female restrooms and locker rooms — period,” LaBarbera said. “We must not do anything to make it easier for predators to victimize women.”