Steven Powell to face new child porn charge

Steven Powell to face new child porn charge

TACOMA, Wash. - The state Court of Appeals has reinstated a child pornography charge against Steven Powell that was dismissed during his 2012 voyeurism trial for shooting photos and video of two young neighbor girls using the bathroom.
TACOMA, Wash. - The state Court of Appeals has reinstated a child pornography charge against Steven Powell that was dismissed during his 2012 voyeurism trial for shooting photos and video of two young neighbor girls using the bathroom.

Powell, 64, was recently released from prison after serving 30 months for his voyeurism convictions. He is the father of Josh Powell, who killed his two young sons and himself in a 2012 inferno at his home while under investigation for the disappearance of his wife Susan Powell.

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said Steven Powell has 30 days to appeal the reinstatement of the child pornography charge to the state Supreme Court.

If Powell doesn't appeal, Lindquist says he plans to bring him to trial on the child porn charge. If he does appeal, it would mean more months of delay while waiting for the Supreme Court to rule.

The Appeals Court's decision is the latest twist in a case that began with the 2009 disappearance of Steven Powell's daughter-in-law Susan Powell. She is still missing and her disappearance has never been solved.

During the investigation into her murder it was discovered that Steven Powell had been spying on two young girls through the window of a neighbor's home and filming them as they used the bath and toilet, and prosecutors brought charges of child pornography and voyeurism.

The original trial judge in that case dismissed the child pornography charge. But this week's ruling by the three-judge state Court of Appeals says that the judge relied on an outdated statute in dismissing the charge, and that Powell should stand trial on the charge.

"We're pleased that appellate court agrees that we were right on the law," Lindquist said.

Lindquist says the pornography found in Powell's possession included images from the Internet and also images of the two young neighbor girls. He says Powell was facing up to five additional years in prison if he had been convicted of the child pornography charge.
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