Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Steven Powell Rearrested

Prior statement analysis showed deception in Steven Powell 
regarding child pornography as well as knowledge of his 
son's crime where Josh Powell killed his wife, Susan Cox.

TACOMA, Wash. — Steven Powell was re-charged and re-arrested Monday and is headed back to court.
A bench warrant was issued for Powell's arrest Monday by the Pierce County Superior Court. Powell, who was released from prison in March after serving 30 months for his conviction on multiple counts of voyeurism, was arrested at his home in Tacoma, prosecutors say.
The warrant comes on the heels of a decision by a Washington appeals court that a judge erred two years ago in dismissing a charge of child pornography that had been filed against him.
In 2012, the 64-year-old was convicted of 14 counts of voyeurism for surreptitiously taking pictures and videos of two young neighbor girls using a telephoto lens to look into their bathroom. He was sentenced on 12 of those counts.
Just as his trial was starting in May of 2012, Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper dismissed a charge of possession of child pornography. He noted that prosecutors could not show that Powell directed the girls to pose provocatively or in an explicit nature and said the evidence did not fit the charge. The girls, ages 10 and 8, were innocently getting into a bathtub and were photographed without their knowledge, Culpepper noted.
But prosecutors told reporters after Powell was convicted of voyeurism that they intended to appeal the dismissed child pornography charge. They argued that the judge used an outdated statute for the definition of sexually explicit conduct.
We were always confident the child pornography charges were proper, and we are pleased the higher court agreed. Mr. Powell should be held fully accountable for grossly violating the privacy of his young neighbors.
–Mark Lindquist
The appeals court agreed.
In June of this year, the Washington Court of Appeals ruled that "because of the legislature's 2010 amendment to the definition of sexually explicit conduct expanded the definition to include the conduct depicted within the images in Powell's possession, we reverse the trial court's … dismissal of the charge of second degree possession (of child pornography)."
The appeals court ruled that Powell's purpose for having the pictures was sexual stimulation and that the photos were taken without the girls' knowledge. Both of those elements made it fit into the statute, the court ruled.
Powell attempted to appeal the decision to the Washington State Supreme Court. But the state's high court declined to hear the case, leaving the appellate court's ruling to stand. Prosecutors then re-filed the charge Monday in Pierce County Superior Court and an arrest warrant was issued.
"We were always confident the child pornography charges were proper, and we are pleased the higher court agreed,” prosecutor Mark Lindquist said in a prepared statement Monday. “Mr. Powell should be held fully accountable for grossly violating the privacy of his young neighbors.”
Anne Bremner, the Seatte-based attorney who represents the two young girls who Powell photographed, was also pleased with Monday's charge.
"My clients, the young girl victims of Steven Powell, always believed this more serious charge to be appropriate. They have been seeking justice all along," she said.
Powell is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday, at which time he will enter a plea. If convicted on this new charge, Powell could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.
Steven Powell is the father of Josh Powell, the husband of Susan Cox Powell. Susan Powell has been missing since 2009 and is presumed dead. Police believe Josh Powell is responsible for her death but he was never arrested. He killed himself and his two young sons in February 2012 in a massive fire during a custody visit at a home he rented in Graham, Washington.

It was during a search of Steven Powell's house as part of the Susan Powell investigation that police found thousands of sexually explicit and voyeuristic pictures taken by Steven Powell. Photos and journals seized from Powell's bedroom also explicitly detailed Powell's obsession with his daughter-in-law.

7 comments:

john said...

OT:

Jose Canseco Injured After Accidentally Shooting Himself In The Hand

1st, why was he cleaning his gun while it was loaded ? Guns don't generally "go off" by them selves ? Why wasn't the safety catch on ?

2nd, was she in the vicinity when the gun "accidentally" went off. If she was, there is passivity in her language

3rd, And most important to me anyway. Are his hands insured ?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/28/jose-canseco-hurt-in-shooting_n_6065124.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000021&ir=Crime

john said...

OT Update:

Police report details the sickening sexual assaults Mama June's eldest daughter Anna suffered at the hands of her boyfriend when she was just eight

Anna 'Chickadee' Shannon told police in 2003 that she had done the 's word' with Mark McDaniel, her mother's boyfriend
She said he repeatedly assaulted her between April and October 2002 and said he would kill her if she told anyone
He later pleaded guilty to aggravated child molestation and was sentenced to 10 years behind bars; he got out earlier this year
Anna, now 20 and married with her own child, has revealed that her mother didn't believe her when she told her about the attacks
He has reportedly got back together with Mama June and photographs show him with her and her daughter, nine-year-old Honey Boo Boo



http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2811468/Police-report-details-sickening-sexual-assaults-Mama-June-s-eldest-daughter-Anna-suffered-hands-boyfriend-just-eight.html#ixzz3HYJs7duB

trustmeigetit said...

"Judge Ronald Culpepper dismissed a charge of possession of child pornography. He noted that prosecutors could not show that Powell directed the girls to pose provocatively or in an explicit nature and said the evidence did not fit the charge."


This is why they need to clean house nation wide in terms of judges.

Clearly we have many that are failing to do their job and make sure the communities are safe.

This judge should be fired but unfortunately it doesn't work that way.

Time for that to also change.

I've even seen judges free predators who get out and proceed to kill.

American needs to hold these judges accountable for these horrible errors.

trustmeigetit said...

story about June... It's hard to confirm if the man in the photo is in fact the molestor. It's just a side view. But sure seems possible.

My issue first and foremost is the fact that she told her daughter that he molested that she didn't beleive Her. Typically nightmare mother who fails to protect her child then sides with the molestor.

And to ever allow than man anywhere near your children again tells me she is not for to be a parent.

But we need better photos to determine if that's for sure him.

Trigger said...

I hope that Steven Powell gets the maximum sentence. He has hurt so many innocent people. He targeted his family and neighbors then denied he was hurting them.

This is too cruel for words.

It's no surprise that he raised a son, like Josh, a monster who could kill his lovely wife and adorable little boys.

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Anonymous said...

Who has a window that is clear in a bathroom?

This guy is weird, no doubt, but every bathroom window should be covered!

Only vouyerism? What would stalking a minor charge have been? That's stalking. He would have had to known when they bathed. It's no coincidence he "happened" to have a telephoto lens out during the time the children bathed.

This old man being obsessed with his daughter-in-law is bizarre! Did this woman seek help before being murdered by this family?