Jury finds Steven Powell guilty of child porn possession

Staff file, 2014
Staff file, 2014 Steven Powell enters Pierce County Superior in October for an arraignment on charges of possessing child pornography.

A Pierce County jury found Steven Powell guilty Monday of possessing child pornography.

Powell, 65, was ordered held without bail pending his sentencing Aug. 21. He faces up to five years in prison.

He previously was convicted of multiple counts of voyeurism for photographing neighbor girls, ages 8 and 9, without their knowledge as they undressed, bathed and used the toilet.

He served 30 months in prison for the charges, and was released last year.

The child pornography charge was dismissed at the trial level, and later brought back by the Washington State Court of Appeals in October, at which point Powell was arrested again.

Opening statements in his latest trial in Superior Court were Tuesday (July 7.)

Powell took the photos and videos of the neighbor’s bathroom from his bedroom window in 2006 and 2007. He kept the images on a compact disc for sexual purposes, prosecutors said.

Detectives found the images in Powell’s South Hill home in 2011 while searching for evidence in the disappearance of Susan Cox Powell, his daughter-in-law.

She went missing from her Utah home in 2009, and is presumed to have been killed by her husband and Powell’s son, Josh Powell, who later killed himself and their two young sons.

Josh and Steven Powell were living together when detectives searched the South Hill home.