Steven Powell home sold to his victims' mother

The Salt Lake TribuneMay 15, 2014 

Steven Powell's house in Puyallup has been sold to the mother of the girls he surreptitiously photographed.

A judge ordered the home sold as part of a judgment entered in August against Powell, father-in-law of missing Utah mother Susan Cox Powell. He had been convicted in 2012 of 14 counts of voyeurism for taking surreptitious photos of two young girls in the bathroom of their home.

"We obtained (an about $2 million) judgment against Steven Powell on behalf of the girls he victimized, " said Anne Bremner, an attorney for the Cox family. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department sold Powell's house as part of the judgment collection process.

The mother of the two girls bought the home "with credit from the judgment owed, " Bremner said.

Law enforcement officers found the photos of the neighborhood children during a search of Steven Powell's home for evidence about his missing daughter-in-law. Susan Cox Powell, 28, disappeared from her home in West Valley City, Utah, in December 2009. She has never been found.

Steven Powell had argued that the planned auction of his house would leave him and two adult children homeless. The state Department of Corrections rejected an early termination plan that would have allowed him to be released in May 2013 in part because he planned to move back into the residence.

A second release plan fell apart in November after a landlord withdrew an offer to rent to him. He was released in March.

The News Tribune is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service