Democrat Tom Miller has been the Attorney General of Iowa for quite some time. But his time in that office should be over. And Iowans shouldn’t have to wait until Election Day to make this decision.
It’s a story the media, with one exception, completely ignored.
I’ll admit I missed it. I originally reported on the decision to release Joseph Smith after he began to “transition” to female.
But I wasn’t aware that Smith found his way back into prison shortly afterward.
According to the Storm Lake Times, Smith was sent to the Newton Correctional Facility in 2015 for sex crimes he committed at Midwest Christian Services.
In fact, in Nov. 22, 2019, the Storm Lake paper wrote that Smith had as many as 15 victims in Iowa and Louisiana.
In that same report, the publication noted Smith was undergoing gender reassignment surgery.
We wrote extensively about this when it was happening. The paper said court documents showed Smith had either admitted to or been accused of unwanted sexual contact with 15 victims from age one to 13.
The paper also said that Smith refused to take responsibility for his conduct in interviews with DOC staff and is considered unfit for community supervision due to a high likelihood of recidivism.
In 2020, Miller’s office told the paper it didn’t believe it had sufficient evidence to prove Smith was more likely than not to reoffend. The paper reported it was too difficult to prove Smith’s chances of reoffending were greater than 50 percent because his testosterone levels would drop substantially from his gender modification.
“In other words, men have significantly higher sex drives than women and are more likely to be sexual predators,” the paper reported.
This all led to the headline in the Storm Lake paper in March of 2022:
“Offender released on sex change reoffends”
Smith was sent back to prison for obtaining child pornography on a mobile device. An administrative law judge named Christine Louis noted Smith’s parole officer found an unauthorized cell phone during a parole inspection. That phone contained child pornography that depicted boys and girls between five and eight years old.
Smith requested leniency, but that was denied because of similar violations committed months earlier. A field services officer reportedly found Smith had used an unauthorized tablet to view pornography and seek out sex.
Miller’s office sought to incarcerate Smith “indefinitely.” But that changed when Smith underwent the gender reassignment treatment.
The media attempted to say Smith wasn’t released due to the gender reassignment treatment, but the Storm Lake paper is not a conservative outfit. At all.
So it isn’t like this is some conservative conspiracy theory. It’s reality.
The handling of this situation by Miller’s office should deeply concern all Iowans. And should be more than enough reason for Iowans to choose a new attorney general.
Tom Miller allowed a dangerous sexual predator to go free. The Iowa Attorney General has the responsibility to keep Iowans safe. Time to elect someone who will! Watch: pic.twitter.com/UFd0lLmclD
— Brenna Bird for Iowa Attorney General (@BrennaBird) October 4, 2022