Convicted Pedophile Freed from Prison Because He is Now Transgender
Abused 15 children and babies - government says 'no longer a threat' as a 'woman'
A convicted pedophile, who was jailed in 2015 for sexually abusing 15 children, including babies, is being freed from prison early because he now "identifies" as a transgender woman and is "no longer considered a threat."
23-year-old sex offender Joseph Matthew Smith is being let out of prison in Iowa because they identify as a woman, despite previously being deemed a danger to society as a male.
The Iowa Attorney General’s Office says that the transgender child abuser is no longer a threat because they now have different hormones.
Smith was convicted of molesting a fellow MCS student in 2014 along with sexually abusing up to 15 kids, according to a report prepared by the state.
“A preliminary report prepared by the state’s expert, Dr. Jeffrey Davis, says Smith molested as many as 15 victims, ranging from ages 1 to 13, before being sentenced to prison in December 2015,” The Storm Lake Times reported.
Due to his victims being of both genders, and because Smith was under age 25 and never had a long-term relationship, the report found the likelihood of re-offending within five years of release exceeded 20 percent.
The government report stated that “Mr. Smith has not had an intimate relationship.”
“His sexual encounters appear to have primarily involved molestation, including his own molestation by multiple perpetrators, or his victimization of others,” the report added.
The Iowa Sex Offender Registry shows Smith was convicted of 2nd-degree sexual abuse against a female victim in 2012, and lascivious acts with a child against a male victim in 2014, according to a report by The Blaze.
The registry does not give the victims' ages; they are listed as children between the ages of 1 and 13.
Smith received transgender treatment for the last two years at Newton Correctional Facility.
During this time, Smith also began using female pronouns and started using the name Josie instead of Joseph.
“We don’t believe we have evidence sufficient to prove Josie Smith has a significant chance of reoffending,” Iowa AG spokesman Lynn Hicks said.
“Josie Smith will be subject to strict sex-offender reporting required of those who commit the crimes [they] did.
"[They’ll] be subject to supervision for the rest of [their] life.”
“The report recommended Smith be confined at the Cherokee Civil Commitment Unit for Sex Offenders (CCUSO) in Cherokee for an indefinite period,” The Storm Lake Times added.
“But it was premised upon Smith having the sex drive of a man.”
An Iowa Department of Corrections spokesman said Smith was transferred on Saturday to the Sioux City Residential Treatment Facility for transitional release.
He did not say when Smith will be released.