Steven Powell's release from prison delayed

Staff writerOctober 15, 2013 

Steven Powell will not be released from prison Nov. 4 as expected because the owner of the Tacoma property where he was to live withdrew the offer, the state Department of Corrections said Tuesday.

Powell is the father-in-law to missing mother Susan Cox Powell and father of her husband, Josh Powell, who killed the couple’s sons and himself in 2012.

Steven Powell was convicted in 2012 and sentenced to 30 months in prison for 14 counts of voyeurism, for recording and photographing neighbor girls, 10 and 8, as they used the toilet or bathed. The girls found out about the photos and videos in 2011, when police served a search warrant at Powell’s Puyallup-area home.

Powell can submit another release plan, which requires a suitable address, a safety plan for victims, a plan for him to take part in treatment and a way for him to support himself, the Corrections Department said.

The length of time it takes for a release plan to be approved varies, but there is a mandatory 35 days between approval and release to notify victims and local law enforcement, Corrections Department spokeswoman Norah West said.

If Powell doesn’t offer another plan that’s approved, he will be released in March because will have served his prison sentence, the agency said. He was eligible for the Nov. 4 release because of the time served while he awaited trial and for good behavior in prison.

He would have been required to wear a GPS device for the first month of his release, and would have been heavily supervised by a community corrections officer, the Corrections Department had said.

Susan Powell, originally from Puyallup, went missing from her Utah home in 2009. Detectives investigating the disappearance found a compact disc in Steven Powell’s bedroom with the photos of the neighbor girls and other inappropriate images. Josh Powell was considered a person of interest in her disappearance.

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