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Fisher to introduce new legislation aimed at Iowa sex offender registry requirements

October 11, 2013
By Stephanie Ivankovich - Marshalltown Times-Republican -Special to the Chronicle , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

A local man who pleaded guilty to multiple counts of child stealing and enticing a child is not required to register as a sex offender in Iowa.

Stewart David Smith, 51, pleaded guilty to four counts of child stealing in Tama County in August. He received a suspended 10-year prison sentence and was placed on probation for three years. He recently moved to Marshalltown.

Smith had faced multiple charges including nine counts of enticing away a minor, two charges of indecent contact with a child and three counts of child endangerment. Those charges were filed in May by the Tama County Sheriff's office for acts allegedly committed in the winter months of 2012-13. The county attorney's office later added charges of child endangerment, attempting to entice a minor and child stealing.

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Stewart Smith

Most of the charges were dismissed by the court in the plea agreement.

Smith is on the National Sex Offender Registry for a conviction in Minnesota. Under Iowa law, he is not required to register again in Iowa as an offender.

Rep. Dean Fisher, R-Garwin, said he wants to get a bill passed to change that law.

"I just find that disturbing that he lives here and he can prey on kids and we wouldn't even know it," Fisher said.

Fisher said he wants to file a bill to require convicted sex predators moving to Iowa to report to authorities that they are living there and they are a convicted offender.

Fisher said he plans to introduce the bill when legislative session begins in January.



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