A convicted felon will be released from jail after undergoing a gender transition because Iowa authorities no longer view the repeat sex offender as a threat.
Joseph Matthew Smith, who according to court documents identifies as Josie, was transferred over the weekend to a Sioux City residential facility center ahead of her transitional release, the Storm Lake Times reported, citing a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Corrections.
The Iowa Attorney General’s Office will no longer pursue the incarceration of Smith, who was convicted in 2014 of molesting a fellow student at a residential treatment program.
According to a preliminary report prepared by the state’s expert, Smith molested as many as 15 victims — ranging in age from 1 to 15 — prior to being sentenced to prison in Dec. 2015.
The report, issued before Smith underwent her gender transition, recommended she be confined at the Cherokee Civil Commitment Unit for Sex Offenders.
However, the recommendation was based on her male sex drive. read more