Examples of Privacy Violations

Creating special rights for cross-gender bathroom and locker room use, ie. The Bathroom Bill, will threaten the privacy and safety of women. Despite the obvious implications of such a policy, advocates for the Bathroom Law continue to deploy the lie that there are no recorded incidents of men exploiting these types of laws to harm women.

Since the Bathroom Law fight is now being played out nationally, our counterparts across the country have been compiling examples of men who use gender confusion to gain entry into private, women’s only, spaces. Also included are examples of abusers who would use the Bathroom Law to more easily prey on women and children. You can find additional examples of bathroom violence in Woman Means Something's Violence Database.

Florida man accused of secretly filming underage girls trying on clothes in mall fitting room

"PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — A 24-year-old man is accused of placing his cellphone under a fitting room door to film underaged girls at the Gardens Mall, according to a Palm Beach Gardens police report.

Police say Sean Power, of suburban Lake Worth, intentionally filmed three 14-year-old girls changing their clothes without their knowledge."

Police: Man Exposes Himself to a Child in Chicago Target Store Women’s Bathroom

"Chicago police are investigating a report that a man entered the women’s bathroom and exposed himself to a little girl in a South Loop location, ABC 5 reported.

A woman and her daughter reported that the man walked in on them in the women’s bathroom of the Target store at 1154 S. Clark just after 4 PM on March 25. He told them he had to use the restroom, the woman said, but instead, he pushed his way into the stall her daughter was using and pulled down his pants in front of the child. He then fled, the mother told police."

Transgender Wyoming woman convicted of sexually assaulting 10-year-old girl in bathroom

"A transgender Wyoming woman was convicted Wednesday of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl inside a bathroom.

Michelle Martinez, who was known as Miguel Martinez before identifying as female, was found guilty of first-degree and second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and could face up to 70 years in prison.

The Billings Gazette reports Martinez, who is a family friend, invited the girl into the bathroom of a home on March 23, and touched her breasts and genitalia before penetrating her. The girl told her mother immediately after the assault, who then reported it to Casper Police.

New Jersey Man Secretly Recorded Women in Fitting Rooms: Police

"A 36-year-old man secretly filmed women trying on clothes in the dressing room of a South Jersey Target store, police said Monday.

A victim told police she saw a man’s hand creep under her fitting room inside the store, located at 751 South Route 73, on Aug. 9 around 7:41 p.m. The hand was holding a cell phone, she said."

Police Searching for Target Dressing Room Peeping Tom

"Authorities in Massachusetts are looking for a Target dressing room peeping Tom.

Hanover police said it happened Friday at the Target on Washington Street.

The suspect allegedly took a photo of the victim over the top of a changing room booth while she was trying on clothes."

Peeping Tom charged after more than 20 previous arrests

"KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Knoxville Police Department arrested a man after a "peeping Tom" incident at a North Knoxville Target on June 10. 

Officers were dispatched to the Target at 6670 Clinton Highway on June 10 at 7:20 p.m. to investigate reports of a peeping Tom. 

The female victim told police she was in a stall in the women's restroom when she noticed a man looking at her from over the top of the divider in the next stall. The victim said the suspect had a cell phone in his hand.

Recognize this person? Woman claims man took photo of her inside Target dressing room


Surveillance cameras captured the instantaneous reaction of a woman who says she was being recorded in a dressing room stall.

'I was just thinking I have to do something and I have to stop it,' said 'Leslie'.

She was hollering, screaming and even in shock.

'He had a stroller with a child inside,' she said.

No one at that moment near the Target fitting room stopped to help."

Man charged with videoing girls in park bathroom

"A 20-year-old man has been charged with voyeurism after he was seen by a 10-year-old girl holding his cellphone over the stall at a women’s restroom at Bicentennial Park on May 5.

Gabriel L. Carlson, 128 Bomber Mountain Road, had his initial appearance in Circuit Court on Monday afternoon. Bond was set at $10,000 cash only and he remains in Campbell County jail on the felony charge, which has a penalty of up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

The 10-year-old told police that she was at the park with her mother and two 5-year-old nieces and she took them to the bathroom. She saw someone’s feet in the handicapped stall, so she took the girls to the adjoining stall."

Princeton Police Seek Peeping Tom

"PRINCETON, NJ — Princeton police are searching for a man they say peeked at a woman using the bathroom at Triumph Brewery on Sunday night, April 23. At about 11:24 p.m., the man in the image attached to this post is accused of following a woman into the bathroom and looking through a crack in the stall door while she used the facilities. He was asked to leave by management, and was already gone by the time police arrived.

The suspect is described as a clean-shaven Hispanic male between 25 and 30 years old, standing 5’8,” with an average build and medium skin tone. He was wearing a grey hooded vest, long sleeve black shirt and a red/black Atlanta Falcons baseball style cap."

Target dressing rooms targeted again

"A young woman reported a new cell phone peeper spying on her as she changed clothes in a Target dressing room.

Bismarck Police reported the 24-year-old saw a saw a cell phone poking out from under her changing room door around 9:37 p.m. May 3 at the Target in Bismarck. She yelled and the phone went away, she told police."

Peeping Tom caught in the act at West Knoxville Target

"KNOXVILLE - Wednesday night, a peeping Tom was caught kneeling on the floor of the dressing room area and taking pictures with his cell phone at a West Knoxville Target by a store employee and a woman he tried to photograph.

'I was trying on something and I looked in the mirror and saw something under my door and when I looked I didn't know what it was and then it moved,' Leigh Hamby told WBIR 10News.


Davis also told police the suspect had his cell phone out and was taking photographs under the dressing room.
'I feel so violated. It's dehumanizing in a sense. That someone feels they can come into my dressing room and take something that doesn't belong to them. It's a violating and a humiliating feeling,' said Hamby."  

Read the full article here.


Man accused of videotaping woman at Woonsocket gym

"WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A man is accused of using a cell phone to videotape a woman changing at the Planet Fitness on Diamond Hill Road.

On Monday, Feb. 27, police arrested the suspect, Luke Lussier, 23, of Bellingham, Mass.

He’s charged with one count of video voyeurism."

Read the full article here.


Convicted sex offender arrested again, accused of voyeurism

"INDIANAPOLIS, Ind – A convicted sex offender is in trouble with the law again, accused of hiding a camera in a public restroom and shooting video of unsuspecting victims.

David Wise, 55, was arrested Sunday morning after being accused of hiding a camera phone in a unisex bathroom in the Kroger store located in the 3300 block of Kentucky Avenue."

Read the full article here.


Special Education Teacher Charged With Voyeurism Of Students

"BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A 46-year-old special education teacher is accused recording female students while they changed clothes.

Christopher R. Clark has been charged with prurient intent.

Authorities found that Clark, a special education teacher at Milford Mill Academy, left his cell phone recording in a room used by female students to change."

Read the full article here.


Arrest warrants issued for Trussville man in dressing room "peeper" case


A Fultondale magistrate has issued two warrants for criminal surveillance against a 43-year-old Trussville man in a peeping tom investigation at a retail store."

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Man charged with putting camera in Target bathroom

"A man wanted by Warwick Police for video voyeurism has been arrested by Lincoln Police on the same charge.

Lincoln Police responded to the Target at the Lincoln Mall on Jan. 14 after Loss Prevention found a small camera mounted in the store’s family bathroom.

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Man accused of peeping in dressing room in Brandon

"A 51-year-old Seffner man was arrested after allegedly looking under the door in a dressing room, Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies said.

Jack Richard Tempfer was charged with voyeurism and disorderly moral conduct.

About 5 p.m. Thursday, deputies were called to Goodwill, 1106 E. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, after store customers spotted Tempfer looking under the doors of the woman's changing room while a woman was trying on clothes."

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Transgender Calls Filming Girl In Target Dressing Room ‘A Mistake’

"The transgender woman caught filming an 18-year-old girl in a Target dressing room called his actions “a mistake” during his sentencing hearing Thursday.

Shauna Smith, a man who transitioned to a woman, received a two- to five-year sentence for filming the girl getting changed, reports the Post Register.

On top of the prison sentence, Smith was also added to the sex offender registry. Smith admitted to investigators that this was not the first time he had filmed girls while they were changing."

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Man accused of recording woman in Riverview Publix bathroom

"Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office detectives say they had reason to follow James McEwen into a Publix women’s restroom Wednesday afternoon.

They’d previously received a complaint McEwen recorded a woman using a toilet, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

At the Publix off 301 in Riverview Wednesday, McEwen wasted no time trying to repeat the offense, detectives said. 'He went straight to the women’s bathroom, and, of course, that was a red flag for her knowing his prior history,' Det. Larry McKinnon with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said."

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Biglerville man accused of recording woman in JCPenney’s dressing room

"A Biglerville man was arrested last month after he was caught taking video of a woman in a  JCPenney’s dressing room in York County, according to the criminal complaint."

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- Braintree police investigating secret dressing room recordings

"BRAINTREE - Police are trying to determine whether an employee at a women's clothing store at the South Shore Plaza may have made multiple secret recordings of women in the store's dressing room.

The investigation was launched last week after a visibly shaken woman told a police officer at that mall that an employee had slipped his phone under a dressing room door and recorded her while she was trying on pants. Police arrested the employee, 18-year-old John Furr Jr., on charges of photographing an unsuspecting nude person, accosting a person of the opposite sex and disorderly conduct."

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Customer says man photographed her inside TJ Maxx bathroom

"A 48-year-old man is charged with photographing an unsuspecting nude person inside a TJ Maxx bathroom in Plainville." 

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Transgender Woman is Charged with Voyeurism at Target in Idaho

"The authorities in Idaho charged a transgender woman this week with secretly taking pictures of an 18-year-old woman changing in a Target fitting room.

The national retail chain drew praise from transgender advocates and condemnation from conservative groups when it announced in April that it would allow customers to use the restroom or fitting room corresponding to their gender identity."

Read the full article here.


Man wanted for taking photos inside Target changing room

“Police in Dallas are looking for a man who took pictures of a woman trying on clothes in a Target. The incident happened around 3 p.m. last Thursday at the store near Abrams Road and Northwest Highway.

The woman told police she was undressing in the changing room when she noticed a cellphone camera pointed at her.” 

Read the full article here.


Man seen reaching under stall with phone in Target dressing room in New Jersey

"Shoppers in Brick, New Jersey are on edge after a man was seen taking pictures of women changing in the stall next to him in a unisex Target dressing room.

Officials say the man took pictures of the women by reaching under the stall with his phone.

Some shoppers say the unisex dressing rooms are the problem - men and women using what are essentially dressing stalls next to each other."

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Seattle man in women’s locker room cites gender rule

“Seattle Parks and Recreation is facing a first-of-a-kind challenge to gender bathroom rules. A man undressed in a women’s locker room, citing a new state rule that allows people to choose a bathroom based on gender identity.

It was a busy time at Evans Pool around 5:30pm Monday February 8. The pool was open for lap swim. According to Seattle Parks and Recreation, a man wearing board shorts entered the women’s locker room and took off his shirt. Women alerted staff, who told the man to leave, but he said ‘the law has changed and I have a right to be here.'”

Read the full article here.


 - Transgender woman caught filming in Target changing room

“A transgender woman was arrested in Idaho on Tuesday after she allegedly filmed a woman in a Target changing room, the East Idaho News reports.

Shauna Smith, who is referred to in Bonneville County Court as Shaun Smith, has been charged with voyeurism after she allegedly recorded an 18-year-old girl in the Idaho Falls Target.

Smith allegedly held her iPhone above her changing stall to record the woman next to her. After the victim’s mother confronted her, Smith fled the store. Both the victim and her mother described seeing a white male in a blonde wig and dress.”

Read the full article here.


Man ‘representing himself as a woman today’ enters women’s dressing room at Ross store

“A Forney woman says a Ross department store in Mesquite let a man into the women’s dressing room Monday.

‘I was in the dressing room, when we heard a man’s voice,’ said Lisa Stickles, who says she quickly told a manager.

‘She went inside the dressing room, came right back out and called me to the side and told me… he was representing himself as a woman today,’ Stickles said."

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Police Looking for Target Peeper in Revere, Massachusetts

"Police in Revere, Massachusetts, are asking the public to help identify a man accused of peeping at a teen girl who was undressing in a Target changing room, a report says."

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Teen girl reports dressing room peeper at Target

"A 16-year-old girl said she was peeped on with a cellphone camera while in a dressing room at the Bismarck Target on Tuesday evening.

The girl told a manager that a man placed a phone under her dressing room door with the camera face up, Bismarck Police said. When she walked out, the man entered a different dressing room."

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Teen girl reports dressing room peeper at Target

"Police in Frisco, Texas, are looking for a young man who went into the ladies changing room at a Target store and began to take pictures of a young girl who was trying on clothes.

The Dallas Morning News reports the girl was in the women's changing room at the store at about 7 p.m. Tuesday when she saw a man peering over the wall with a cellphone pointed at her.

The girl told her parents and Target employees, but the man had already left the store."

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Police: Peeping tom caught filming women in Brentwood Target dressing rooms

“An O'Fallon, Missouri man was arrested on April 23, 2015 after allegedly secretly filming women in a Target dressing room.

Matthew Foerstel, 26, faces felony charges for invasion of privacy in the second degree and unlawful possession of a firearm."

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Teacher Among 16 Facing Child Porn Charges, Also Accused of Filming with Tablet in Bathroom

“A teacher, a school bus driver and a high school student were among 16 people facing child pornography charges in New Jersey, authorities announced Wednesday.”

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Man Accused of Peeping in Women’s Restroom Also Faces Child Porn Charges

“A Pennsylvania man who was arrested for taking photos of a 10-year-old girl in a public restroom has now also been hit with child porn charges, police report.

Quarryville, PA, resident James Thomas Shoemaker, 19, was arrested last week when he was found hiding in a stall of the woman’s bathroom in the Sheetz store on Manheim Pike. Police said he was taking images of young girls on his cell phone.”

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Man accused of filming women in Smyrna park’s bathroom

“Authorities believe a man arrested in Wisconsin filmed women inside Smyrna restrooms.

William Davis was charged in Smyrna with felony especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.

Police received a call from the Eau Claire Police Department in Wisconsin on April 1 informing them a man recently arrested for privacy violations may have committed similar offenses in Smyrna.”

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Fullerton man arrested on suspicion of filming people in a Chapman University bathroom

“A 24-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after a hidden cell phone was found recording video inside a Chapman University bathroom, police said.

A female employee told campus public safety officials at 1 a.m. Tuesday she had seen a cell phone while inside a unisex single-person restroom in the Leatherby Libraries, said Lt. Fred Lopez of the Orange Police Department. The bathroom is located on the first floor Rotunda Commons.” 

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Former Martinsville Chili’s Manager Arrested After Videotaping Women In Restroom

“A former manager of the Martinsville Chili’s has been charged with allegedly videotaping eight women changing clothes or using the bathroom in the local restaurant’s restroom. His fiancé found the videos on a home computer and called police.

40-year-old Justin Carl Behnke of Indianapolis has been charged with 15 felony counts of voyeurism.”

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St. Pete man records himself asking to use Target women’s bathroom

“Andy Park says he went to the St. Petersburg store on Park Street Friday. Park told News Channel 8 he was “dressed like a man” and originally thought the policy was a hoax. He showed News Channel 8 the video he says he took going into the store and talking with a manager. Here’s part of the conversation:

Park: “I just came because I wanted to make sure I was allowed to use the women’s room before I went in.”
Manager: “Yeah, yup. That’s correct. Yup.”
Park: “That’s fine?”
Manager: “Yes.”
Park: “OK.  If any of the women have a problem, will you let them know?”
Manager: “Yeah. They can come, and we’ll speak to them.”

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Police: Man attacks 6-year-old girl in women’s bathroom

“The man suspected of attacking a 6-year-old girl in a Florida women’s restroom Friday night has turned himself in.

Clearwater police say Ricky Blake Thompson, 18, of Umatilla, turned himself in Monday. Police say they received numerous tips after releasing surveillance photos of Thompson.” 

Read the full article here. 


Miami Twp. Target peeping Tom pleads guilty

“Joshua Sheldon, 33, pleaded guilty Thursday to voyeurism, a second-degree misdemeanor, according to Miamisburg Municipal Court.

Sheldon was accused of looking under a woman’s dressing room door at a Target store in Miami Twp.

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Wig-wearing bathroom photographer charged with voyeurism

“A man who police say was seen wearing a pink wig and sunglasses while taking photos of a woman in a bathroom stall has been charged with voyeurism.

Police were called to Bellevue College on Jan. 18 where a man was detained by security. A woman said she was in a restroom with her two friends when one saw an iPhone tipped toward her from underneath the adjoining stall.” 

Read the full article here.


Man Dressed as Woman Arrested for Spying Into Mall Bathroom Stall, Police Say

“A man dressed as a woman was arrested in Virginia on Monday after police say he was caught peeping into restroom stalls three times in the past year.

Richard Rodriguez, 30, filmed a woman in a bathroom stall at the Potomac Mills Mall, Prince William County Police said on Tuesday. A 35-year-old woman was in the stall when she saw a bag moved toward her under the stall divider. Rodriguez apparently had been filming her, police said.”

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UPDATE: UI Police Locate Suspect Videotaping in Women’s Shower

“UI Police Tuesday night said they had located the person of interest in connection with a man videotaping a woman while she was showering in a residence hall.”

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Former coach placed cameras in athletic rooms, bathroom

“David Barrow, the former Guntersville girls’ soccer coach who pleaded guilty to human trafficking charges in Madison County, appeared in a Marshall County courtroom on Monday to enter a plea on charges of producing porn with minors.

Barrow pleaded guilty to two counts of that offense around 10:30 a.m. He was sentenced to serve 30 years in prison.”

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Man arrested after camera found in restaurant bathroom

“Beyond the outer walls of La Perla, inside the women’s bathroom, is where a customer said she found a recording device facing the direction of the restaurant’s toilet.

The woman was assisting her child in the bathroom off Southwest 152nd Street and Southwest 137th Avenue Saturday when, according to a Miami police report, she noticed a strange device tucked away under the sink.”

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University of Toronto dumps transgender bathrooms after peeing incidents

“The administration at the University of Toronto was recently enlightened on why two separate washrooms are generally established for men and women sharing co-ed residencies.

The University is temporarily changing its policy on gender-neutral bathrooms after two separate incidents of “voyeurism” were reported on campus September 15 and 19. Male students within the University’s Whitney Hall student residence were caught holding their cellphones over female students’ shower stalls and filming them as they showered.”

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- Man convicted of indecent exposure accused of probation violation

A man convicted of indecent exposure has been accused of violating the terms of his probation.

Jeffrey Gelinas pleaded guilty in June 2014 to exposing himself to a girl in the children's book section of a Barnes and Noble store in Nashua, and police in Salem are now investigating a similar case.

Gelinas was released from jail in October. He's now facing accusations of violating the terms of his probation, and he is being held without bail. Gelinas was scheduled for a hearing Thursday morning in Superior Court, but that hearing was continued."

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Sexual predator jailed after claiming to be “transgender” to assault women in shelter

“A biological man claiming to be ‘transgender’ so as to gain access to and prey on women at two Toronto shelters was jailed ‘indefinitely’ last week after being declared by a judge a ‘dangerous offender.’

Pro-family leaders are pointing out that this is exactly the type of incident they warned of as the Ontario government passed its ‘gender identity’ bill, dubbed the ‘bathroom bill,’ in 2012.” 

Read the full article here.


Cross-dressing man busted trying to spy in female college dorm

“Meet Rodney Kenneth Petersen, who appears to be either a garden-variety pervert or a pioneer in the next big cultural battle over sexual identity — or both, of course.” 

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Homeless Man Wearing Women’s Panties Accused Of Assaulting Young Girl In OKC

“Police arrest a homeless man after he allegedly held a young girl at gunpoint inside a gas station bathroom.” 

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Man in Barbie costume attacks woman in bathroom

“Police Sunday arrested a 30-year-old man who was wearing a pink tutu when he allegedly attacked a woman in a toilet stall at a Big Lots store in Clairemont.

Investigators identified the suspect as Gregory Schwartz, who was arrested around 5:40 p.m. in the area of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and Diane Avenue, San Diego police Lt. Chuck Kaye said.”

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Boston, transgender woman settle lawsuit

“Brenda Wernikoff was arrested for refusing to leave a woman’s bathroom at a homeless shelter in Boston.

The city of Boston has agreed to pay a transgender woman $20,000 in exchange for dropping her suit against the officers who arrested her on disorderly conduct at a homeless shelter, in a case that highlights the department’s absence of written policies for dealing with transgender people.”

Read the full article here.


Man disguised as woman recorded “hours” of mall restroom video: Investigators

“Charges were filed Tuesday against a man who wore a wig and women’s clothing to disguise himself as he allegedly used a concealed camera to record “hours” of video of women in a Los Angeles-area department store restroom.”

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College Allows Transgender Man to Expose Himself to Young Girls

“A Washington college said their non-discrimination policy prevents them from stopping a transgender man from exposing himself to young girls inside a women’s locker room, according to a group of concerned parents.”

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Man wearing women’s clothing sought for indecent exposure to children ages 5 to 10 years old

“On 8-1-12, 11-10-12, and 12-2-12, a white male approached several children at apartment complexes in the 1900 block of Avenida de Los Arboles, the 100 block of Los Feliz Drive and the 1100 block of Ramona Drive and exposed himself.

During the incidents, the suspect was wearing a woman’s skirt or similar type woman’s clothing. Although not aggressive towards the children, he did instigate a conversation with them as he exposed himself.”

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Male “Transgender” sex offender ticketed for using ladies room

“A transgender woman who was ticketed for using the women’s restroom at a Dallas hospital says her status as a convicted sex offender should not play a role in the citation.

Paula Witherspoon told NBC 5’s Ellen Goldberg on Tuesday that Parkland Hospital police cited her last week. On Wednesday, Parkland Hospital released the police report, which states that Paul Witherspoon, 56, is a sex offender.”

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Police: Man in bra and wig found in women’s bathroom

” A man wearing a bra and wig was arrested Friday after he was spotted in a women’s bathroom at Everett Community College, police said.

…In the earlier incident, he said he took a shower in the girls’ locker room for sexual gratification, according to the police report.”

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Cross-dressing sex offender released to community supervision

“A Washington college said their non-discrimination policy prevents them from stopping a transgender man from exposing himself to young girls inside a women’s locker room, according to a group of concerned parents.”

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Teen Coerced Into Food Court Bathroom for Sex: Cops

"A 15-year-old male special education student reported being coerced into a shopping mall food court for a sexual encounter.

Police said Isaiah Johnson, 20, of Stamford, and “two other males dressed as females in the area of Veteran’s Park Bus stop” coerced the teenage boy into the bathroom of the food court of the Stamford mall on April 26, where a sexual encounter took place."

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Cross-dressing man arrested for exposure at Walmart

“A 51-year-old man wearing women’s clothing was arrested for allegedly undressing in front of children at Walmart.

Police say Norwood Smith Burnes, 51, of Rome, has a long record of indecent exposure and was on probation for public indecency when the latest incident occurred in the women’s bathroom at Walmart in Calhoun, the Rome News-Tribune reported.” 

Read the full article here.


Man Arrested for Taking Photos of Woman in Target Bathroom

“Athens-Clarke County police have arrested a 26-year-old man for being a peeping Tom in the women's room at a Target.

Police say Luis Mesqueda Hernandez was caught on security cameras sneaking into the women's bathroom at the store Sunday afternoon and using his cell phone to take photos of a woman. The store's security officers detained Hernandez until police arrived.

Read the full article here.


(For more examples, visit: lc.org/transgender)