Steven Powell, 64, was charged with a second degree possession of
child pornography count stemming from a 2012 voyeurism case, the
Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
A search of Powell's home then uncovered photos of two young
neighbor girls undressing in their bathroom, the prosecutor's office
said. He was convicted and sentenced to 30 months in prison on 14
counts of voyeurism.
But the judge in the case dismissed the child pornography charge,
ruling the photos did not show sexually explicit conduct, according
to the prosecutor's office said.
The state's court of appeals overturned that decision, and Pierce
County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist reinstated the charge on Monday.
"Mr. Powell should be held fully accountable for grossly violating
the privacy of his young neighbors," Lindquist said in a statement.
Steven Powell is the father of Josh Powell, who killed himself and
his sons in February 2012 by chopping at the boys, 7-year-old
Charles and 5-year-old Braden, with a hatchet before blowing up the
family house in Graham, Washington.
Josh Powell was also the prime suspect in the disappearance and
possible death of his wife, Susan Powell, who went missing in 2009.
Powell's younger brother, Michael Powell, committed suicide last
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A federal judge ruled in May that Josh Powell's family was entitled
to a share of the life insurance payout from the boys' deaths, over
the objections of the family of his missing wife.
Steven Powell disclaimed his rights to any of the proceeds, his
attorney said then. But an attorney for Powell's victims said he
will use his share to pay down a $2 million judgment against him
from the voyeurism case.
Powell is scheduled to appear in a Tacoma, Washington courthouse on
Tuesday, according to the attorney's office.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Jeremy
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