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Sentencing postponed for transgender suspect accused of Target voyeurism

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IDAHO FALLS — The sentencing for a transgender suspect who filmed a teenage girl undressing in a Target fitting room was postponed Monday.

Shauna Patricia Smith, 46, whose legal name is Sean Patrick Smith, was scheduled to be sentenced on one felony count of video voyeurism.

Bonneville County Deputy Prosecutor John Dewey asked District Judge Joel Tingey to delay the sentencing so the victim, who is attending school in another city, could make a statement to the court.

Tingey agreed and rescheduled the sentencing for Jan. 5.

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Shauna ‘Sean’ Smith and attorney John Thomas appear in court Monday morning. | Stephan Rockefeller, EastIdahoNews.com.

Smith was arrested in July after deputies were called to a disturbance at Target on 25th East in Ammon.

A witness said a man dressed in women’s clothing had entered a fitting room in the store. The section of the dressing room in the Idaho Falls Target is marked as being for women.

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Court records show the suspect, later identified as Smith, was seen videotaping an 18-year-old in a stall next to him while she was trying on swimwear.

“The victim’s mother confronted the suspect, who immediately fled on foot. Both (the victim and victim’s mother) described the suspect as a white male who was wearing a dress and a blond wig. A witness observed the suspect get into a vehicle and leave the area,” court documents state.

A Bonneville County detective tracked down and interviewed Smith, “who eventually admitted that she had made videos in the past of women undressing. The defendant told (the detective) that she makes these videos for the ‘same reason men go online to look at pornography,’” court documents state.

Smith pleaded guilty in October to one felony count of video voyeurism and faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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