Sex Crimes at Target

Barb Wire

As most everyone knows by now, Target is now allowing men into little girls’ bathrooms and fitting rooms. The risk this poses to the sexual integrity of young girls, as well as to young women and even mature women, is off the charts.

And since Target is the second largest retailer in the nation, we are talking about potentially catastrophic consequences. Even one innocent victim of such a dangerous policy is too many since a young female can experience damage to her soul as well as her body that she must endure for the rest of her life.

Now that every sexual pervert in America knows he can enter the same restrooms and dressing rooms their intended female targets use, Target will soon be the hangout of choice for deviants from one end of the nation to the other. There is nothing to stop them from loitering around until an object of desire enters one of these rooms and then following them in.

I’m not sure Target has any realistic concept of the enormous risk of litigation they have created for themselves. They have deep pockets, and personal injury lawyers are likely already seeing dollar signs floating before their very eyes.

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This concern about sex crimes inside Target stores is far from theoretical. Here are just a few examples (a more complete list can be found here):

  1. Suspect Arrested in Target Sexual Assault of a 11-Year-Old Girl

A Kentucky man has been charged with the sexual assault of an 11- year-old girl at a Target store.

Surveillance camera images of the suspect leading the girl through the store have been broadcast nationally.

Allen D. Coates, 37, of Irvington, Kentucky, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in the downtown area of Louisville, where he is being held at the Metro Corrections Facility…

Allen D. Coates, 37, of Irvington, Kentucky, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in the downtown area of Louisville, where he is being held at the Metro Corrections Facility…

The girl was assaulted July 12 at knifepoint after she and her mother separated in the store to do individual shopping, authorities say.

Surveillance video from inside the store shows a man wearing a gray, sleeveless T-shirt, baseball cap and shorts roaming the aisles. Just before the sexual assault, he can be seen holding the girl’s hand and leading her through the store.

Comment: Now he’ll be able to loiter outside bathrooms and fitting rooms and wait for 11-year-olds shopping by themselves to answer a call of nature or try on a blouse.

  1. Man arrested for store gropes to face multiple sexual assault charges, prosecutor says

A Jefferson man arrested on Friday after police said he followed and then touched a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old girl in separate incidents could face “multiple” child sexual assault charges, a prosecutor said in court Tuesday…

[T]he officer making the stop for speeding recognized Cooper as the suspect from video that was distributed about the incidents at Target and West Towne Mall…

[T]he girl said that a man approached her and a friend in the shoe section of the Target store, then followed them before he “purposefully” veered into the girl and brushed against her upper thigh and lower buttock area.

Comment: Now let’s imagine that the perpetrator does not have to accost her in the shoe section but can follow her without any questions asked into a bathroom or a fitting room. What father in his right mind is going to allow his teenage daughter to shop at Target ever again?

  1. Man with history of molesting women arrested, case may be related to St. Louis County sexual assault

On Tuesday, St. Louis City Police confirmed that they are investigating the sexual assault of a 13-year-old female inside the Target store on Hampton Avenue in south St. Louis Monday night. Police say the suspect walked past the victim, squeezed her buttocks, then walked away. The girl told a relative and police were called.  St. Louis Police are not commenting on whether or not their case could be connected to the Alverson or Mehlville cases.

Comment: All this man will have to do now is wait outside a Target bathroom of fitting room until your 13-year-old daughter enters, then follow her right on in.

  1. South Bend police looking for men who performed sexual act at Target department store

South Bend police are looking for a man who performed a sexual act Monday afternoon at a Target department store at 1400 E. Ireland Road, according to our news partner ABC57.

A 16-year-old girl was shopping at the department store when a man approached her from behind and performed a sexual act on himself at about 2 p.m., police said. The man got away, and police are still looking for him.

Comment: Now that men can simply follow a 16-year-old into a dressing room, commit the sexual act while the victim is putting her clothes back on, how many more of these incidents are we going to read about?

  1. Police Tip Leads to Man Wanted for Touching Young Girls at Target

San Leandro police say they have a person in custody for allegedly assaulting two young girls inside two different stores on Monday night.

Police arrested the suspect, a 20-year-old parking attendant, a couple of hours later at his place of work on the Peninsula.

Investigators are convinced, he is the man shown in the store surveillance videos, first at a Walmart, then at a Target store Monday. It was in those two store where he allegedly groped two young victims within 15 minutes of each other.

“I do know that people in this, from my training and my experience,.that these people that have this desire to offend against children, will do so pretty much at all costs,” said McManus.

The suspect has been arrested on two counts of felony lewd and lascivious with a child. Police say he does have a criminal record, but not for any similar offenses.

Comment: If they will offend against young girls “pretty much at all costs,” the last thing they need is for Target to help them by providing private areas where the assaults can occur.

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Bryan Fischer
Bryan Fischer is the Director of Issue Analysis at the American Family Association. He has degrees from Stanford University and Dallas Theological Seminary. He pastored for 25 years in Idaho, where he served as the chaplain of the Idaho state senate and co-authored Idaho's marriage amendment. He came to AFA in 2009.

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