Iowa rep. wants sex offender registry law changed

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — A Republican Iowa state lawmaker from Tama County is working on legislation that would require sex offenders from out of state to register in Iowa.

Des Moines television station KCCI reports (http://bit.ly/19Inb94) that state Rep. Dean Fischer tells Des Moines television station KCCI that he was outraged after learning that 25-year-old Stewart Smith moved to Marshalltown without his name appearing on Iowa’s Sex Offender Registry. Smith is on the National Sex Offender Registry for a 1989 sex crime committed in Minnesota.

Smith has been charged with two counts of child stealing in Tama County. Court documents say Smith either forcibly took or enticed an 8-year-old child last winter.

Fischer says Iowa law should require out-of-state offenders like Smith to register with Iowa officials once they move to the state.

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Information from: KCCI-TV, http://www.kcci.com

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