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Steven Powell pleads not guilty

By Gene Johnson

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Sept. 23 2011 2:45 p.m. MDT

FILE - Approximately two dozen law enforcement office officers from the West Valley City Utah Police Department and Pierce County Sheriff's Department investigate the home of Josh Powell, husband of missing Utah mom Susan Powell, and his father Steve Powell in Puyallup, Wash., in this Aug. 25, 2011 file photo. West Valley Police who reviewed the videotapes and compact discs found "found thousands of images of females being videotaped without their knowledge, including Susan Powell. The father-in-law of a missing Utah woman was charged with voyeurism and possession of child pornography and arrested Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 Pierce County authorities said.

The News Tribune, Dean J. Koepfler, File, Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. — The father-in-law of a missing Utah woman has pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing child pornography and secretly videotaping her, other women and young girls without their knowledge.

Steven Powell, 61, entered the pleas in court in Washington state on Friday. A judge has set bail at $200,000.

Powell was arrested on Thursday at this home. He shares the home with his son and two grandsons. Susan Powell's sons have been placed in state custody and a judge ordered Steven Powell not to have contact with the children.

Authorities said police investigating Susan Powell's 2009 disappearance found "thousands of images of females being videotaped without their knowledge, including Susan Powell," on tapes and disks at his home in an Aug. 25 search.

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