*An Iowa man accused of numerous sex crimes involving children is being released early from prison because he now identifies as a woman, and the “justice” system has decided he is no longer a threat.
“Convicted of sex crimes as a man,” reads the Des Moines Register headline, “felon no longer deemed threat because of gender change.”
According to the publication, Joseph Matthew Smith, 24, was found guilty in 2014 of molesting a fellow student at Iowa-based Midwest Christian Services.
A report prepared by a state expert says Smith molested as many as 15 victims, ranging from ages 1 to 13, before being sentenced to prison in December 2015.
Smith found a way to escape serving his full prison time by starting the process to transition into a woman named “Josie.”
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Joseph Matthew Smith raped children as young as 1 years old but now he’s being released from jail. Why? Because Joseph now identifies as a woman named ‘Josie’. (I can’t type any further, I’m too disgusted.)https://t.co/TnRq6U4PvL
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Officials note that his decrease in testosterone, and increase estrogen, means he’s less likely to commit similar sex crimes.
Since October 2017, Smith has reportedly been receiving gender reassignment treatments at Newton Correctional Facility.
Attorney General spokesman Lynn Hicks told reporters that, “an offender’s hormone levels are an important part of substantiating an offender’s likelihood of recidivism.”
“We don’t believe we have evidence sufficient to prove Josie Smith has a significant chance of reoffending,” Hicks said late last week.
Joseph Matthew Smith, a convicted child molester is set to be released from jail because he now identifies as transgender!
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The transitional release has reportedly begun as Smith has been transferred to the Sioux City Residential Treatment Facility.
“This will come as a great surprise to a lot of people in Iowa, who had thought they were being protected by many of these laws and regulations,” Jeff Stein, news and program director for KXEL radio, tells OneNewsNow.
But Hicks wants concerned citizens to know that, “Josie Smith will be subject to strict sex-offender reporting required of those who commit the crimes she did,” she said. “She’ll be subject to supervision for the rest of her life.”
A petition has been launched to stop his release.