Steven Powell to be released from prison Sunday

Published: Monday, March 17 2014 2:44 p.m. MDT

TACOMA, Wash. — Steven Powell, convicted in May 2012 of taking voyeuristic pictures of two neighbor girls, will be released from prison on Sunday after spending 30 months behind bars.

Powell, 63, has been incarcerated in the Monroe Correctional Complex in Washington. But he still faces 30 months of probation once he is released.

Monday, the Washington Department of Corrections released some details about Powell's upcoming release, including the outstanding question about where he will live.

Corrections officials said in a prepared statement Monday that Powell will be a "tenant in a privately owned residence in Tacoma," but did not go into details due to privacy restrictions.

However, within three business days after being released, he will be required to register with Pierce County as a sex offender.

Powell will also be required to check in with his community corrections officer within 24 hours of being released. He will wear a GPS locator for at least 30 days and will be required to attend a sex-offender treatment program. Powell will also need to seek permission from his supervising officer before he is allowed to leave Pierce County, Wash. A community corrections officer will also check in with Powell at his residence multiple times each month and Powell will have to report to his corrections officer at least twice a month on his own.

Powell was arrested in September of 2011 and convicted in May of 2012 of taking photographs of two neighbor girls, then ages 8 and 10, with a telephoto lens from his house while they were nude or partially nude in their bathroom.

He had been eligible for early release since May 2013, but was unable to submit an "offender release plan" that the Washington Department of Corrections would approve. The main item of contention was finding an approved place for Powell to live.

The corrections department has told Powell he cannot move back into his house at 18615 94th Ave. Court East in Puyallup. That house has also become the center of a legal battle between Powell and his victims. The girls he took pictures of were awarded $1.8 million in a civil judgment. In December, a judge ordered the Pierce County Sheriff's Office to sell Powell's largest non-exempt asset, his house, to start paying off his debt.

Since then, Powell has unsuccessfully filed a flurry of motions from his prison cell while acting as his own attorney, trying to prevent the house from being sold.

Powell is the father of Josh Powell, who murdered his two young boys before killing himself in 2012. Police believe he also killed his wife Susan Cox Powell, who has been missing from their West Valley City home in Utah since December of 2009.

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