Prison report says Steven Powell is uncooperative, a ‘risk to the community’

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TACOMA, Wash. — The father-in-law of missing West Valley City mom Susan Cox Powell has violated parole by refusing to cooperate with sex offender treatment, a new court report states.

“Regarding supervision, Mr. Powell continues to place the community at risk,” the report, prepared by the Washington Dept. of Corrections, states. “Mr. Powell has made no attempts or shown any desire to comply with the requirements of supervision or change his behavior.”

Powell was released from prison earlier this year after serving time for voyeurism for photographing neighbor girls inside their home without their knowledge.  Washington’s appeals court recently reinstated a charge of possession of child pornography against him.

The report recommends 60 days in jail for Powell for refusing to cooperate. He previously served nine days in jail for being caught at a fast-food restaurant where minors congregated, a violation of his probation.

He is due in court next week.

Powell is the father of Josh Powell, who killed himself and his children in an explosion and house fire. He was arrested on voyeurism after police served a search warrant looking for information about Susan Cox Powell’s disappearance.

Susan vanished from her West Valley City home in 2009. She has never been found.

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