May 24, 2017
PA Human Relations Commission
Attn: Ms. Christina Reese
Dear Ms. Reese,
There is no question that we all want a more civil and fair Pennsylvania. But the proposed LGBTQ guidance threatens many good people in a way that undermines tolerance and diversity.
Adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the non-discrimination laws of other jurisdictions and the resultant opening of private facilities like locker rooms and showers has punished good people merely because of their convictions on marriage and sexuality. Pennsylvania deserves better. This isn’t the way to promote tolerance. In fact, as the cases listed below show, this seems to be a way to increase dangers for Pennsylvanians who simple want to feel safe when they go to the bathroom!
Please consider the following:
- To make such a change puts innocent children of both sexes at risk of both sexual and emotional distress/harm/abuse.
- To make such a change and change the status quo which recognizes the right to physical privacy creates a potential legal cause of action against private and public facilities when sexual or emotional abuse or worse is committed.
- To make such a change violates the protective responsibility of husbands for their wives and the public and private facilities where bathrooms or locker rooms would be affected.
- To make such a change directly adds to the coarsening of society and culture within PA.
- To make such a change directly violates the foundational duty of civil government to ‘Protect those who uphold the laws of morality and decency’ and exercising justice against those who violate the law, or the person or property of another. It is impossible to change the current law which has protected the privacy and safety of women, girls, and young children since its inception to that when such a plethora of existing history and documentation such as cited in this letter exists.
Below is a just sampling that occurred at Target other stores and restaurants where criminal acts were performed that, we believe, in part, were encouraged by Washington’s rolling out to the states the so-called “guidance to schools” last May.
8-Year-Old Girl Is Choked Unconscious in Bathroom While Mom Is in Next Stall, Police Say
A man is accused of choking an 8-year-old girl until she passed out in the bathroom of a restaurant in Chicago’s South Loop. The girl was with her mother at the Jason’s Deli in the 1200-block of South Canal Street on Saturday, police said. The girl and her mother were inside the restroom separated by stalls around 1:15 p.m.
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. The Brentwood Police Department arrested Foerstel on April 23 after he allegedly held a camera phone under a dressing room door while a female shopper tried on swim suits at the Target store in Brentwood.An officer went to Ranken Technical College to place Foerstel under arrest and reportedly found him in possession of a loaded handgun. In 2013, Foerstel was convicted of invasion of privacy in St. Charles County for “knowingly and intentionally” filming an 11-year-old girl while she was partially nude inside a department store dressing room
Police have arrested a man accused of exposing himself to a 9-year-old boy in the bathroom of a Target store in Cedar Park in February. Roel Anthony Vasquez, 27, was charged March 24 with indecency with a child by exposure. No one at the store could identify who he was when the incident occurred, so police asked for help from the public by releasing pictures of the suspect from store surveillance video in March.
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. He’s a heavy-set white man in his 20s, police said.
San Diego police are searching for a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the aisle of a Target store in San Diego, pestering her for a date before reaching under her clothing to grope her. The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) says the incident – being investigated as a case of sexual battery – happened around 9 p.m. on Halloween at a Target located at 5680 Balboa Ave.
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. Benjamin J. Cooper, 38, was jailed on $5,000 bail after appearing in court. Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Hilton said charges against Cooper are expected to be filed Wednesday. The search warrant, authorizing a search of Cooper’s home, describes a Sept. 20 incident involving a 12-year-old girl at Target, 750 Hilldale Way, and two other incidents Oct. 11 involving a 13-year-old girl at West Towne.
ROCKAWAY — A borough man has been accused of sexually assaulting a five-year-old boy and trying to kidnap another in the past two weeks. Kyriakos Serghides, 34, of Rockaway, was charged on Friday with second-degree attempted kidnapping, second-degree luring, second-degree sexual assault, third-degree terroristic threats, fourth-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and two counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
A 46-year-old man was arrested Saturday in connection with a sexual battery incident, including allegedly grabbing an employee’s buttocks, inside a Target store in Ventura, police said. Aaron Carter, of Ventura, was reportedly making sexual comments and gestures to several female patrons around 9:33 a.m. inside of a Target store, located on the 4000 block of East Main Street, according to the Ventura Police Department. He then reportedly grabbed the buttocks of a female employee, a 65-year-old whose name was withheld, police said.
13-year-old girl sexually assaulted at Target in St. Louis
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.
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Authorities in Hanford say a man has confessed to placing a hidden camera inside a restroom of a local Target store. The suspect was identified as Eugenio Rodriguez, 32, of Hanford. Hanford police responded to the store on North 12th Avenue on Wednesday after an employee found the camera in the family restroom. They say the camera was concealed with toilet tissue and had a red light illuminating before the employee turned it off. Officers say the camera didn’t record anything but it did stream live video.
SACRAMENTO -Police say Elue Palmer, 20, had been detained by Target staff for shoplifting. But as officers investigated the scene, a woman came forward and said the man had sexually assaulted her in the store. Palmer was booked into Sacramento County Jail on charges of sexual assault, burglary, and false imprisonment.
GLEN BURNIE, Md. —A Shady Side man suspected of being high on PCP was charged with assaulting multiple women Saturday at a Glen Burnie Target store, Anne Arundel County police said. Frank Eugene Pratt, 39, is charged with attempted robbery, second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and drug possession after the incident at Target at 7951 Nolpark Road, police said. Police responded to the store at about 2 p.m. Saturday on a report that a man had smoked PCP in the store’s restroom, then approached several female victims and assaulted them.
A Six Mile man accused of taking pictures and video of people using the restroom at Target has been arrested, according to Anderson police. According to the incident report, police were called to the store on Thursday where one victim said the suspect had a cellphone positioned under the stall to capture video of men at the urinals. Officers said a juvenile victim took a photo of the suspect’s jeans and shoes. Police went into the bathroom and were able to identify the man in the stall as the suspect in the photograph the juvenile took.
Investigators say the man wearing the same clothes was spotted Thursday morning, at a San Leandro 7-11 by an off-duty Berkeley community service officer. “She saw a man in there dressed in a black dress shirt, black slacks and black shoes. as we reported last night. She immediately took cellphone pictures of that man and his car, called the San Leandro police department, but by the time officers got there, the man had already fled,” said San Leandro Police Lt. Robert McManus. Police arrested the suspect, a 20-year-old parking attendant, a couple of hours later at his place of work on the Peninsula.
ORLANDO, Fla. —The Orlando Police Department needs the public’s help locating a man who allegedly kissed a child inside an Orange County Target store. The man, who police said is possibly Hispanic and in his 20s, allegedly asked the 12-year-old boy if he could kiss him in the toy department. When the child said no, the man allegedly kissed him on the mouth then ran from the store. “Somebody would be in trouble or dead probably if I caught them doing that to my child,” said Matt Pounds, who lives near the Target.
A Cleves man is facing voyeurism charges after an alleged incident inside a west side Target store. According to Hamilton County court documents, Mark Klapper, 36, was arrested for looking at a 4-year-old boy’s private parts in a Target bathroom Saturday. Police say Klapper followed the 4-year old boy into a restroom inside the store and stood at the urinal next to him in an effort to see the child’s genitals. Court records allege Klapper did this to “sexually gratify himself.” The victim immediately told his father what happened. Police say the suspect fled from the scene, and refused to stop for police when a chase ensued. According to the arrest report, police say Klapper was caught across the street from the store, and upon further questioning, is said to have told police, “I’m sorry I was wrong.”
UPDATE: Sandy authorities have arrested the suspect accused of sexually assaulting a girl at a Target store in Sandy. Sandy Sgt. Dean Carriger said 47-year-old James Scot Fullmer was arrested Wednesday. He turned himself in after he learned police were looking for him. Fullmer is booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on felony forcible sexual abuse charges.
PINOLE, Calif. — A 32-year-old man is under arrest, accused of molesting a 9-year-old boy and taking video of his feet. Gregory Paul Houchins is being held on $5.1 million bail at the West Contra Costa County detention facility. Police say he met the child in the video game section of the Pinole Target store two weeks ago. He forced the child to touch his private parts and took him to bathroom where the child got away and ran to his parents. He’s also accused of trying to take photos of women’s feet at the same store. Surveillance cameras captured an image of Houchins when he returned to the same store two days later.
FOLSOM, Calif. (KCRA) —A jogger and Target security officers helped Folsom police track down and arrest a man wanted in connection with sexual battery and an attempted rape Saturday. Police arrested Timothy Ortiz, 25, at the Target store on Blue Ravine Road after security officers reported he was following women in the store and masturbating.
ATHENS, Ga. – 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.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia (CNN) — 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. The arrest followed a “very detailed, very thorough” out-of-state tip, according to South Charleston Police Chief D.W. Dunlap. Coates has been charged with sexual assault and kidnapping, Dunlap said.
We believe gender activists have shown a willingness to systematically destroy the very bedrock of our country—the nuclear family—for some utopian dream. When sexually developed males can come into any public bathroom, school shower or dressing area and invade the privacy of women (and even attack them) how can a woman or little girl feel safe? As shown above, cases are already mounting across the country of predators intimidating and attacking women and children. If your own wife, daughter, sister or mother was threatened, don’t you believe the first job of our government should have been to not pass laws that enable perversion or encourage potential predators?
On behalf of the American Pastors Network, the Pennsylvania Pastors Network, and our national audience of millions of radio, app, website and social media consumers, as well as all the men and women and male and female youth of Pennsylvania, I ask you to reject the proposed guidance.
Hon. Sam Rohrer
President Dr. Gary G. Dull
American Pastors Network Executive Director
Pennsylvania Pastors Network Pennsylvania Pastors Network