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Sex Offender Registry Loophole

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (KCCI)Convicted sex offenders are required by law to register with the state and appear on the state's sex offender website, but some convicted sex offenders don't and it's perfectly legal.

State Rep. Dean Fischer said sex offenders should register no matter when or where they committed their crimes.

Fischer said he is outraged and disgusted after Stewart Smith, 25, moved to Marshalltown without his name appearing on Iowa's Sex Offender Registry.

"We should have known when he came to Iowa that he had been convicted of child sex abuse," said Fischer.

Smith is listed on the National Sex Offender Registry for a sex crime he committed in 1989 in Minnesota, but is not on Iowa's Sex Offender Registry.

"I'm outraged to think that people like that could be here. We know nothing about them," said Fischer.

According to court documents, Smith has been charged with two counts of child stealing in Tama County last winter.

The documents state Smith, "did unlawfully and willfully commit child stealing by forcibly or fraudulently taking, decoying, and/or enticing" an eight-year-old child.

"If authorities had known he was here they could have been watching him from the start," said Fischer.

Fischer is working on a bill that will require all convicted sex offenders moving to Iowa to register with the Iowa Sex Offender Registry.

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