Mother can't forgive him for stealing daughters' sense of security
Even though I agree that 10 years is extreme for voyeurism, this sentence feels
like a simple slap on the wrist. Having never admitted any guilt or shown any
remorse, he is very likely to be a repeat offender once he has fulfilled the
terms of his sentencing.Steve Powell is a sick man and deserves to be required
to take the sex offender course at Utah State Prison before he is allowed to be
in the public again. His obsession with Susan was sickening. This man knows more
than he is admitting, and it is too bad that the trial could only concentrate on
the voyeurism charges. If he would engage in voyeuristic activities and
fantasize about his daughter-in-law (ewwww!)I believe he is capable and culpable
for other crimes as well.
It may seem like Steven Powell "has gotten away with something," but
believe me JUDGEMENT DAY is "just around the corner" for him if he
doesn't amend his performance in life. Today's sentence will provide
him an opportunity to finally acknowledge his crime(s) and change his life. But
if he doesn't grab hold of that opportunity, the future seems to point
toward a time when he will finally get what he has done and "fully pay the
price!"If he has any information that can be useful in finding
his daughter-in-law, I would hope that he will do himself a great favor by
sharing that information. However, his past performance and tendencies in
seemingly always "leaning to the left" does not bode very well with
regards to finding Susan's body either. Good luck, Mr. Powell,
you are certainly going to need it!!!Our prayers are with the
innocent victims in this case. May you all be blessed for having endured this
Too bad Susan didn't get 30 months. This guy is sick.
This man is a quandary. He lost his son and two beautiful grandchildren to a
vile death, yet he shows no emotion or remorse. In fact, he seems to have so
much hate and filth inside of him he can't break out of his own twisted
world to face reality. I almost have a sense of pity for him. What a wasted
life he has. Anyone he touched has met pain and death. Two and a half years in
prison will make no difference in this pervert's life to change him for the
better. I don't know if anyone can help him. I have a feeling that in his
dark, macabre mind he knows all about Susan and her whereabouts. But he will
never tell because it's a matter of control and just plain meanness for
him. Such a shame this man will be released on society in 30 months to do some
more of his perversions.
If he admits knowing about Susan he is an accessory. He needs forced therapy
and isolation from society. He is really warped.
This is a total travesty!!!
This is another example of liberal "justice" with extreme compassion for
the criminal and none for the victims. Throwing out charges, giving him
credit for time served, allowing for good behavior sentence
reduction…totally unacceptable. He deserves the justice he would have
received a century or more ago. This kind of justice is a waste of time and
The judge was absolutely right in that he has not been authorized to make any
such judgement regarding Susan's disappearance. He was also right to not
penalize Powell in his judgement to any degree based on public outcry.That is a 'text book' right thing to do and I believe it is for good
reason. I don't need him to rot in jail forever over this crime. If this
were another man, a more respectable man- then I feel that 30 months and 3 years
probation would be a fair sentence primarily because I'm less concerned
about prison time as I am about restoring him (if even possible) to living
according to morally right choices.The treatment, examinations, and
paying restitution all add up to serving justice. Lengthy sentences most often
produce criminals who simply recommit crimes. Examinations and treatment may or
may not convince the guy to change, but I believe it is far more effective than
confining someone for years- not to mention the fact that you've surrounded
them by other criminals of all sorts for so long.The only thing I
disagree with is offering the possibility of even further reduction.
Cats suggested "If he admits knowing about Susan he is an accessory."Did he admit something, or are you one of those people that presume he knows
something about Susan because he is the father of Josh. Don't you just
hate living in a country where you can only be tried for your own crimes?
I would hope that Steve Powell will repent of the things he has done wrong and
be able to be a productive member of society. Those that are calling for his
head have no Christ-like feeling in them whatsoever.
EX Pat .. Susan is in a far better place now and lets not jump to
conclusions-you have no idea if Steven Powell had anything to do with
@wool over eyes:"Even though I agree that 10 years is extreme
for voyeurism, this sentence feels like a simple slap on the wrist."Even a slap on the wrist is excessive. This guy damaged or hurt no one.
Not even himself."His obsession with Susan was
sickening."And what about her inamorata with him? Is that sick
as well? Maybe they're both sick."This man knows more than
he is admitting..."Perhaps you can fill in the details of what
else he knows. Go for it."... and it is too bad that the trial
could only concentrate on the voyeurism charges."What other
charges do you have in mind?"If he would engage in voyeuristic
activities and fantasize about his daughter-in-law (ewwww!)I believe he is
capable and culpable for other crimes as well."Such as what?
Perhaps he's in cahoots with the underwear bomber or started the First
World War as well...
@A voice of Reason:"He was also right to not penalize Powell in
his judgement to any degree based on public outcry."The public
apparently believes that, if he committed one crime he surely must be guilty of
many others."I don't need him to rot in jail forever over
this crime."He shouldn't have to rot a day in jail for his
so-called crime. Tell us, whom did he harm, other than himself?"If this were another man, a more respectable man..."How
did you find out that this man was not a respectable man?"...
I'm less concerned about prison time as I am about restoring him (if even
possible) to living according to morally right choices."Are you
saying our justice system should be concerned about moral choices?@Jenny83:"I would hope that Steve Powell will repent of the
things he has done..."Can you explain exactly what he has done
wrong? Would taking snapshots of kids in some degree of undress in a bathroom
warrant any time in jail? I've seen worse on a certain (unnamed) TV
program shown for the humor it provided the viewing audience.
After all the evidence given, and the testimony from his daughter. Powell has
been a dark and frightening example of a destroyer of souls: First his own soul,
his ex wife, children, grandchildren, daughter in law, her parents, the girls he
peeked at, and who knows how many others his actions have reached. He is almost
flaunting his crimes and no one has helped this guy. Christ told us to love one
another. This light sentence is not showing Steven Powell the kind of tough love
and help he obviously needs. And what about Christ like love for the victims and
children of the state of Utah? He is so sick (like someone with cancer of his
soul) and has been for his adult life. Prison would be the hospital he needs. 30
months is not long enough for this sick soul. Destroyer of souls. The judge
words were harsh but his actions of this 30 month sentence is weak, and
cowardly. Actions speak louder then words. May his victims somehow find peace,
forgiveness, and healing.
Count me among the people who believe the world will be a better place if Steven
Powell never walks free again. As a retired family therapist, I know there is
no effective therapy for sexual deviants. Therapy never works for someone who
will not acknowledge they have a problem, and does not show remorse for the
damage they have done.
Jenny83,"I would hope that Steve Powell will repent of the
things he has done wrong and be able to be a productive member of
society."That's really the best outcome that can happen.
While some people foolishly think that they have no choice in the matter, they
are wrong. We tend to think that criminals "can't change". I know
some cases where that is true because of brain damage that has taken place. But
aside from rare exceptions, people can choose as evidenced by those who have. It
may not always happen, but that's what we should be working for. That is
the ultimate form of optimism.The German philosopher Friedrich
Nietzsche wasn't just insane (and imo partly responsible for motivating
Hitler), but he was one of the the ultimate pessimists and essentially rolled
over and died in his depression. I tend to view pessimists in a similar light.
What on Earth does someone value in life with the attitude of not helping others
be as best they can. All of us are sinners. I can't say I love the powells,
but we all know what's right to do here- helping.
Will he ever be tried for photographing Susan without her knowledge?
Tell the truth and take the consequences. That's the only way both the
victims and perpetrator can heal. An earlier poster stated that he has hurt no
one. How amazing that one can be so casual about invasion of ones personal
privacy and the destruction of the trust of family members and society in his
moral compass. Society cannot trust Steven Powell, and only lifetime probation
can keep society vigilant and aware. I'm amazed at how some posters can
ignore the flashing red lights.
I hope that they watch him very closely once he is released, he will slip up and
lead them to where Susan is, he worships her. Then they can go after him, and
lock him up for life. If nothing else, God knows exactly what he did and he
will have to account to his maker one day.
The question one comment posted......Will he face charges of photographing Susan
without permission? Not in the sad state of Utah. A state like Texas would have
done it. Utah is a good state to be a sexual criminal or murderer as long as you
get rid of the body. Lets get some new politicians, judges, police that are
not so naive.
Miss Piggy, It is so 'big' of you to defend the indefensible.
His lawyers tried it ...and lost. You say "Even a slap on the wrist is
excessive. This guy damaged or hurt no one. Not even himself." Clearly he
damaged at least two little girls. I have two daughters and I wouldn't want
him to be anywhere near them. You also say "And what about her
inamorata with him? Is that sick as well? Maybe they're both sick."
That is an interesting assumption to make about Susan Powell. The biggest
difference between the two is that Susan is missing, probably dead, Steve
Chandry is the smirky man who was just found guilty of "damaging"
@Miss Piggie -- Really?! What do you mean "this guy damaged or hurt no
one"? What about those two young girls whose privacy he invaded, and who
had to experience humiliation in a courtroom?I hate concurrent sentences!
I too agree that this sentence is ridiculously light, especially since he has no
remorse for what he did to those two girls. The judge was right though when he
called Powell a "creepy neighbor", and said a lot of people would like
to see Powell rot in jail. I hate to say it, but I do not think he will ever
divulge any information about Susan.Alina is in so much denial about her
"wonderful" father! I hope the girls he victimized will heal.
@mytymouse09:"What about those two young girls whose privacy he
invaded, and who had to experience humiliation in a courtroom?"The humiliation was in the court room, caused by the prosecuting attorneys
who dragged the girls there and the judge who allowed it. Add to that, the cops
who invaded Powell's private home and dragged the photos out into the
public. "I hate concurrent sentences! I too agree that this
sentence is ridiculously light, especially since he has no remorse for what he
did to those two girls."He did nothing to the two girls. See
comment above.Had the cops not invaded his home there would have
been no knowledge by anyone of anything he might have done. The girls brought
no action of damages and had no idea of any photos until the cops made them
public."I hate to say it, but I do not think he will ever
divulge any information about Susan."How could he divulge
anything about her disappearance? He was no where around when she
disappeared.It's appalling the extent to which you and other
posters continue to make things up about this case.
@thpslc:"Clearly he damaged at least two little girls."Could you kindly explain to all of us just how he damaged two little
girls. They seemed healthy and happy until they were dragged into court."That is an interesting assumption to make about Susan
Powell."It's not an assumption. It was reported in the
Deseret News."The biggest difference between the two is that
Susan is missing, probably dead, Steve Chandry is the smirky man who was just
found guilty of 'damaging' children.It's interesting
how you and others try to make Steve Powell guilty of the disappearance of Susan
Powell. I think your brain is playing tricks on you... to say the least.
Re: Miss Piggie Salt Lake City, UT"Even a slap on the wrist is
excessive. This guy damaged or hurt no one. Not even himself."Steven Powell's criminal behavior got him convicted and sent to prison.
How can you possibly say his behavior didn't damage him when it got him
locked up and earned him a criminal record that will limit his choices for the
rest of his life?
Re: Miss Piggie Salt Lake City, UT"It's interesting how you and
others try to make Steve Powell guilty of the disappearance of Susan
Powell."Mr. Powell is in prison because he was convicted by a
jury of taking lewd pictures of little girls. Susan Powell's name
wasn't even mentioned during his trial. The fact that he photoshopped
Susan Powell's head onto the nude body of another woman is irrelevant to