February 24, 2006

Monitor could bar offender from community, leader says

Des Moines Register


February 24, 2006

Leon, Ia. - A Davis City man's hope for reinstatement in his religious community could be damaged if he is forced to wear an electronic monitor under Iowa's sex-offender registry law, a church leader testified Thursday.

Scott Smith, 36, refuses to wear the device as ordered by the Department of Corrections. Smith was a leader in the Brotherhood of Christ when he was charged in 2003 with sexual abuse and indecent contact with two teenage girls.

Brotherhood of Christ believers once claimed the Soviet Union would unleash a weapon to wipe out the Kansas City, Mo., area and everything else within 50 miles. Police have said about 50 members live with the church's leader, Ron Livingston, on about 520 acres east of Lamoni.

Posted by kshaw at February 24, 2006 08:00 AM