Steven Powell scheduled for release March 23

Posted at 1:38 PM, Mar 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-17 15:45:20-04

OLYMPIA, Washington — Steven Powell, who was convicted of 14 counts of voyeurism in May 2012, is scheduled to be released from prison on Sunday, March 23.

According to a press release from the Washington State Department of Corrections, Powell will live as a tenant in a private residence in Tacoma, Wash. and will be supervised by a corrections officer who is part of a specialized sex crime unit.

Powell will be required to wear a GPS locator for at least 30 days after his release and will be required to attend a sex offender treatment program, the release said.

Powell was convicted of taking photographs of two neighbor girls as they bathed, used the bathroom and changed clothes. He was arrested after police searched his Puyallup, Wash., home for clues in the 2009 disappearance of his daughter-in-law, Susan Cox Powell.

What police claimed to have found was computers filled with illicit images. Susan was among the many victims, prosecutors said. However, the judge kept mention of her out of trial, declaring it was not relevant to the case at hand.

He was originally slated to be released on Nov. 4. Members of Susan Cox Powell’s family had expressed concern about his release, as did neighbors of the home he would have been released to.

Powell is the father-in-law of Susan Cox Powell, who vanished from her West Valley City home in 2009. He admitted an obsession with her, and it was during a search of his Puyallup home for evidence related to her disappearance that police uncovered evidence of voyeurism involving other women and girls.

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Read the entire press release from the Washington State Department of Corrections:

Steven Powell Scheduled to Complete Prison Sentence March 23

OLYMPIA – Steven C. Powell, 64, is scheduled to complete his prison sentence on March 23. A community corrections officer who is part of a specialized sex-crime unit will supervise Powell, who will be a tenant in a privately owned residence in Tacoma.

Powell will be required to wear a GPS locator for at least the first 30 days of his community supervision.

He will also be required to attend a sex-offender treatment program and follow the terms of his community supervision, which includes getting permission from his community corrections officer to leave Pierce County. A community corrections officer will conduct multiple field contacts each month. Powell also will be required to report to his community corrections officer a minimum of two times each month.

The community corrections officer can place Powell in custody if he violates the terms of his community supervision. The community corrections officer will also connect Powell to resources and treatment designed to help him succeed after he completes his prison sentence.

Powell is currently housed at Monroe Correctional Complex where he is serving a sentence for 14 counts of voyeurism. He started his prison sentence in June 2012 at the men’s reception center in Shelton before he was transferred to the Twin Rivers Unit of Monroe Correctional Complex two months later.

For security reasons, the Department of Corrections does not publicly discuss details about offender transfers.

The Department of Corrections has notified Powell’s victims and local law enforcement about his scheduled release date.