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 ( 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.


Information from: KCCI-TV,

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