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The Iowa Attorney General's Office is convinced that a man convicted of multiple sex crimes against children is no longer a public menace because he identifies a woman.

The Storm Lake Times reported that Joseph Smith, a 23-year-old convicted child molester was released from prison after undergoing gender reassignment surgery while behind bars.

Smith was imprisoned in 2014 after molesting a fellow high school student and molesting an estimated 15 children ranging in age from 15 to 1.

Smith received treatment for gender reassignment over the past two years at Newton Correctional Prison. In October 2017 he began using female pronouns and calling himself Josie.

Attorney General spokesmen Lynn Hicks suggested that Smith was no longer dangerous because he is taking female sex hormones.

Hicks told DISRN.com that "an offender's hormone levels are an important part of substantiating an offender's likelihood of recidivism."

"We don't believe we have evidence sufficient to prove Josie Smith has a significant chance of reoffending," Hicks said.

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North Carolina deputies rescued a man who was beaten brutally by a father who caught him inside a room with his partially nude toddlers.

Police responded to a "chaotic scene" at a home in the 6800 block of Luce Lane in Spotsylvania County in the early morning hours of Dec. 29, 2019.

Upon arrival, deputies encountered Stanley who had multiple injuries to his face. Another man was holding a gun on Stanley.

The officers ordered the man to drop his weapon, which he eventually did.

The father told police he caught Stanley in his children's bedroom that morning. The children, ages 2 and 3, were "nude from the waist down," the father told cops.

The unnamed father pushed Stanley out of the bedroom and began to beat him savagely. Someone in the home called 911, but dispatchers couldn't understand the caller due to "the loud screaming in the background."

Sheriff's Capt. Liz Scott told reporters his deputies possibly saved Stanley's life.

Stanley was treated for his injuries at a hospital before being booked into the Rappahannock Regional Jail on two counts of indecent liberties and one count of domestic assault.

He is being held without bond. The father was not charged.

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Samuel L. Jackson's new movie The Banker is in jeopardy after allegations of molestation by the family of the main character's son, who produced the movie.

Jackson, 70, stars in a real-life story about Bernard Garrett, a Black businessman who hired a white man as the face of his financial business before the 1964 Civil Rights Act was passed. Garrett Sr. gave loans to Black Americans at a time when few banks would accept loan applications from Black people.

The Banker, which was filmed in Atlanta, also stars Anthony Mackie, Nicholas Hoult, Nia Long, and Jessie Usher. It was written and directed by George Nolfi.

The film was set to premiere at AFI Fest in Los Angeles, CA on November 21, but the premiere was abruptly canceled by Apple+ after family members of the main character's son made serious allegations against him.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cynthia and Sheila Garrett accused one of their 8 siblings, half brother Bernard Garrett, Jr., of molesting them when they were young. Garrett Jr. is listed as a producer of the movie.

The sisters, who are about 15 years younger than their half brother, accused Garrett Jr. of sexually abusing them over the course of a few years when they were young.

Cynthia Garrett, formerly an interviewer on MTV and VH1, has since founded Cynthia Garrett Ministries and speaks to women's groups about the stigma surrounding molestation by family members.

Molestation is a serious problem in the Black community. It often goes unreported to protect the molester, who is typically a male relative.

Another sister, Grace Garett, was upset that Apple+ erased her and her mom from the film.

"Yes it's true. They omitted my mom and my siblings and I entirely. Stole our mom and our life story and did so with our abuser. It hurts. Deeply," she said.

Apple, which purchased the rights to The Banker in 2019, declined to comment on the specifics of Cynthia Garrett's allegations.

In a statement announcing the cancellation of the premiere on Wednesday, the company said:

"We purchased The Banker earlier this year as we were moved by the film's entertaining and educational story about social change and financial literacy. Last week some concerns surrounding the film were brought to our attention. We, along with the filmmakers, need some time to look into these matters and determine the best next steps."

THR reports Apple has a lot riding on The Banker, which is set for theatrical release domestically on Dec. 6. The film is getting an awards-season push.

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The GLAAD Media Awards nominees were announced Friday via a live-stream event from Park City, Utah, during the Sundance Film Festival.

According to Variety.com, the hit movie Bohemian Rhapsody was disqualified amid fresh allegations of sexual misconduct against director Bryan Singer, who was fired from the film.

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A former Gwinnett County sheriff's deputy is being held in jail without bond on allegations he committing unlawful sex acts with a 13-year-old boy.

Michael Lomax, a former jailer for the Gwinnett sheriff's office, resigned following his Nov. 2 arrest on a charge of aggravated child molestation.

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A South St. Paul, Minnesota elementary school teacher and his gay spouse died in a murder-suicide after a teenager accused them of sex abuse.

The bodies of Aric Babbitt, 40, and Matthew Deyo, 36, were found on a beach on Lopez Island on August 25.

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A 24-year-old Texas middle school teacher who was charged with having a romantic affair with one of her students surrendered to police Wednesday. Alexandria Vera was charged with sexual abuse after she revealed she was pregnant with a 13-year-old student's baby.

Vera paid $100,000 bond and was released Wednesday afternoon.

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A Houston sex offender will spend the rest of his life in prison for molesting 2 young girls and infecting them with HIV.

A jury took just one hour to convict David Wilson, 34, of infecting his 23-month-old niece and a 14-year-old girl with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

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In response to the negative backlash to news that Josh Duggar molested his sisters for years, TLC Network pulled '19 Kids and Counting' from its programming schedule.

This action follows a typical pattern of TV networks that pull popular shows only to reinstate the shows when the negative publicity dies down.

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