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SCHOOL WARNING: Sex Offender Loiters By School

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A Marshall County school is asking parents to reminder their kids about stranger danger after a known sex offender was spotted parked outside their school earlier this week.

Stewart Smith was the subject of several Channel 13 reports last month. The Marshalltown man is on the national sex offender registry and two state registries for sex crimes committed against children.

Smith admitted on camera to being a pedophile. However he is not on the Iowa registry.

Because he’s not an Iowa offender, he’s allowed to live across the street from a school. This week he was spotted sitting in a car outside an East Marshall Middle School.

Smith wasn’t breaking the law by being there but school officials still want parents and kids to be aware.

An email was sent out to parents this week about the incident saying, in part, “All East Marshall school buildings have been alerted to be on the lookout.  The sheriff’s office has also been contacted.  Please talk to your students about safety when they leave school grounds or playing in unsupervised areas.”


  • MaryCannon Derisory Apodaca

    WHAT??? He is a sex offender in two states and on the National sex offender registry, but he isn’t breaking any laws in Iowa. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? OK so he isn’t breaking any laws… but just how long will it be before this offender abducts and assaults an Iowa child? Aren’t we being at the very least overly tolerant of KNOWN registered sex offenders from outside of Iowa allowing them to park in front of a school and watch our kids… to live across the street from our schools? WHY is it that the Children of Iowa are not better protected from sex offenders no matter where they wander in from?

    • diane hill

      i agree. Holy cow do we have to wait until he grabs someone? He is no dummy he knows the law and hes laughing at the authorities. time to change the laws and fast!!!

  • PEH

    He IS an offender here in Iowa…has been convicted in recent years of sex-related crimes against kids. I’ve seen the old newspaper records myself. For some reason though he is not on Iowa’s registry. WHAT THE HECK?!!?

  • Meagan Huff

    I agree that he should be registered in the state of Iowa. However, the county sheriff has made a statement that they confirmed that he was NOT actually there. Fact checking folks….it’s a wonderful thing..

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