Crime in Iowa

Thursday, March 02, 2006

He's just misunderstood
LEON, Iowa - Feb. 24, 2006 (UPI) -- An Iowa sex offender who belongs to a church that believes electricity is evil has asked a judge to exempt him from wearing an electronic monitor.

Scott Smith was given a short jail sentence and five years probation for molesting two teenage girls in 2003. At the time, he was a member of the Brotherhood of Christ and his wife and children still belong to the group.

Ok he was a member AT THE TIME, and is still a member. Doesn't that cancel out?

At a hearing Thursday, Ron Livingston, leader of the Brotherhood, testified that the group believes literally that electricity can cause people to disobey God, the Des Moines Register reported. Livingston said an electronic monitor could harm Smith's children.

Smith has been refusing to wear the monitor. Judge Sherm Phipps could order him sent to prison or could grant him an exemption.

Send him to prison. It is his choice and I think he has lost the right to demand anything.

A social worker testified that she believes Smith is unlikely to commit another crime.

Geez, where have I heard that before?

The man molested TWO girls and received what the paper calls a short prison term. According to the state of Iowa's court system records he was fined $500 and given one year of jail which was suspended. He was put on probation with 5 other counts dismissed. Ten years earlier(7/1/93) he was charged and FOUND GUILTY of Sexual abuse in the 3rd degree. He was fined $1,000 and given a 10 year prison sentence which the judge then suspended. He was put on probation. He also had several other charges dismissed over the years namely driving while intoxicated, driving on the wrong side of a two way highway, and interference with official acts.

The scary thing is he is allowed to live with his children. Are they safe?


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