A Wisconsin man has been charged with placing a hidden camera in a Target changing room to film women as they undressed.
Andrew R. Persen was charged on ten counts of filming women without consent on Wednesday, as well as posting explicit photos without consent and invasion of privacy.
Target can’t seem to overcome the creeps and pedophiles can they? First they allow men into the women’s restrooms, and now they are dealing with this. It’s disgusting and honestly makes me not want to ever shop there again.
Target made itself vulnerable to such crimes in April 2016 when top managers decided to open its changing room and bathrooms to people of both sexes while claiming that distinctions between men and women do discriminate against people who claim to be “transgender.” The resulting consumer disgust sharply reduced the company’s sales and stock value.
Police allege that Persen filmed women in the Target changing room between March and April of this year. Investigators also reported finding evidence that Persen had set up a hidden camera in his own bathroom as well as the bathroom and bedroom in the house of a female acquaintance.
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Outagamie County Assistant District Attorney Alex Duros said, “Investigators and forensic examiners are currently analyzing the defendant’s electronic devices,” he continued, “We will certainly attempt to determine whether any other videos were uploaded to the internet. Also, investigators are working diligently to identify the victims of the Target incident and any other potential victims.”
Investigators report finding multiple storage devices and several other videos, including approximately 66 videos filmed in the Target store. Prosecutors also said one of the videos in the Target store showed the suspect setting up the camera, his face clearly visible.
A statement was released on Tuesday from a Target spokesperson. It said, “At Target, our guests are at the center of everything we do and our commitment to creating a safe and secure shopping environment in our stores is unwavering.”
The statement continued, “As part of this commitment to safety, we have robust procedures, policies and trainings in place to ensure that our stores are safe places to shop and work. Since this is an active investigation, please contact law enforcement with further questions.”
Persen is being held on a $10,000 cash bond. He was also ordered to stay away from his female friend, the internet, and all Target outlets. He will next appear in court on November 3.