Officials in Iowa have determined a convicted child molester is to be released from incarceration, explaining that the offender’s reduction in testosterone levels from their transition from being a man to becoming a transgender female puts the individual at a lower risk of re-offending. . .
The Storm Lake Times first reported Jan. 15 that the Iowa Attorney General’s Office is no longer seeking the commitment of 23-year-old felon Josie Smith, who was put away after being convicted of molesting a fellow Midwest Christian Services student in 2014 when Smith was a man with the given name Joseph Matthew Smith.
The Times previously reported in November that Smith was “undergoing medical treatment that is needed prior to (Smith) potentially undergoing gender reassignment surgery.” Smith now identifies as a woman and goes by the name Josie Smith.
Now, Lynn Hicks, a spokesperson for the AG’s office says, “We don’t believe we have evidence sufficient to prove Josie Smith has a significant change of reoffending,” explaining that “an offender’s hormone levels are an important part of substantiating an offender’s likelihood of recidivism.”
Hicks also argued that the public should not “overreact” regarding the release, saying, “Josie Smith will be subject to strict sex-offender reporting requirements of those who commit the crimes she did. She’ll be subject to supervision for the rest of her life.” (Read more from “State Determines Convicted Child Molester No Longer a Threat Due to Sex Change” HERE)