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Published: Wednesday, June 20 2012 3:14 p.m. MDT

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aghast
SYRACUSE, UT

Well, just for this once I guess I can support an attorney's efforts. I hope Steven Powell looses the shirt on his back as well as any assets. For sure this is where any money that his estate can generate should go, before it goes to his defense in his appeal.

djc
Stansbury Park, Ut

And if anything uncovered helps bring closure to all of his victims that will be a good thing.

Ms Molli
Bountiful, Utah

I'd bet that Chuck and Judy Cox are behind this lawsuit because they are the ones who want the evidence. I'd guess they are paying the attorney bill. So drag these young girls into court, once again, in order to get the pound of flesh the Cox family has been trying to get out of Steven Powell.

man of few words
Salt Lake City, UT

Ms Molli

That's a whole lot of unsubstantiated speculation and judgement coming from you.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Ms Molli Bountiful, Utah
" .... in order to get the pound of flesh the Cox family has been trying to get out of Steven Powell."

Do you have any evidence to back up your supposition? I'll bet it is the parents of the girls he took lewd photos of that are behind this lawsuit. I'll also bet that Chuck and Judy Cox won't being paying one red cent to the girl's attorney because he'll be collecting 1/3rd of the settlement they are guaranteed to win.

Maybe Mr. Powell can get a book deal to help pay the judgment against him, or maybe the victims of his crime will just be satisfied to take everything he now owns or will ever own.

Brian
Wasilla, AK

Now it's a race to see who gets to devour his assets, the girls or his own attorneys.

EnglishAlan
Rugeley, Staffs

And people still think that pornography doesn't hurt anyone? What a sad, sad state of affairs has been played out here. It shows how our thoughts, left unchecked and without moral boundaries can lead to ruin.

The outlook on women practised by himself, and passed on from Stephen Powell to his son has led to the breakdown of his own marriage, prison sentences for himself, the suicide of his own son, the murder of a young mother and her two young boys, the mental scarring of two young ladies, pain and anguish for their families and the probable financial ruin of himself.

What a huge price for the lewd and perverted thoughts of a man unable to control an addiction to pornography. My advice to ALL men is to shun this evil. Well did the Lord warn, "In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days...." These evil purveyors of filth are only interested in one thing. MONEY. They care not about the lives that are ruined as a result of their "wares." All they want is men's enslavement, which makes them cash.

counsellorneil
UK, 00

Because of Powell's actions, Bremner said her clients suffer "severe emotional distress and will continue to suffer severe emotional distress indefinitely." She called the girls' emotional scars "permanent and irreparable."

Really? Just for being photographed? If they hadn't know about this happening there would be no issue for them at all.

I'm not condoning what was done. The guy should have had some respect and not taken any such photographs. But it seems these girls are being used by someone.

"They're not out to make money." Again, really? So any money they make will they donate that to a charity?

Furry1993
Clearfield, UT

To Ms Molli 5:12 p.m. June 20, 2012

I'd bet that Chuck and Judy Cox are behind this lawsuit because they are the ones who want the evidence. I'd guess they are paying the attorney bill. So drag these young girls into court, once again, in order to get the pound of flesh the Cox family has been trying to get out of Steven Powell.

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That was my thought too. Bremer is, first and foremost, the Cox family attorney. It would greatly surprise me if this lawsuit wasn't planned and promoted by the Cox family. I noticed in the article that one of the main things the suit was intended to do was "obtain records." What Powell did to those girls was horrible and inexcusable. Putting them through the whole thing again is also horrible and inexcusable. Using the already-violated girls as tools by the Cox family is horrible and inexcusable. This is sad.

Serenity
Manti, UT

From the evidence that was presented about Steven Powell, he sounds like a man with no conscience. The thought that he violated the privacy of young children for his own sexual gratification makes me shudder. I don't know how he could do such a thing and not know that it's, at the very least, disgusting and abnormal behavior.

But he has also suffered great loses. He lost his son and two little grandsons in another act of complete insanity by his son. He went through public humiliation and media frenzy and has been dragged through the mud for his actions. He has lost all of his money to attorney’s fees.

People who are now seeking vengeance against him are doing it out of greed - and the only ones who will make out on this are the attorneys. That's why they want to pursue this case ad-infinitum. Those girls will be forever tainted if they are drug to court and forced to see what has been done to them. Everyone will suffer furtheer - except for the attorneys.

Miss Piggie
Salt Lake City, UT

The girls aught-a be suing the cops for the exposure. Had the cops not violated Powell's privacy the photos would never have been dragged into the public. They would never have known. What's the old saying? "What you don't know won't hurt you."

And, by the way, why did the girls leave the door open to get undressed or go potty? They were old enough to be able to manage their own privacy.

Alfred
Salt Lake City, UT

@Ms Molli:

"I'd bet that Chuck and Judy Cox are behind this lawsuit because they are the ones who want the evidence."

Evidence of what? Steven Powell was nowhere around when Susan Powell disappeared. Are you suggesting that Steven Powell was visiting Josh and Susan the night Josh went camping at midnight with his two kids in the middle of the winter? And that Steven Powell somehow murdered and disposed of the body before Josh and the kids came back? Stop implying the absurd.

"So drag these young girls into court, once again, in order to get the pound of flesh the Cox family has been trying to get out of Steven Powell."

They'll come up empty handed. Even if Steven Powell had something to do with Susan's disappearance, He is not required to testify against himself, or to even testify at all.

snowman
Provo, UT

Rifleman: Powell will never see any money from a book deal because he can't profit from what he did. Any money made from a book deal would go directly to the girls.

Neanderthal
Salt Lake City, UT

@EnglishAlan:

"And people still think that pornography doesn't hurt anyone?"

The damage is caused when the police raid a private residence and dig into the resident's private stuff exposing the pics to the public. There's the damage. And the cops are to blame.

"The outlook on women practised by himself, and passed on from Stephen Powell to his son has led to the breakdown of his own marriage, prison sentences for himself, the suicide of his own son, the murder of a young mother and her two young boys..."

That had nothing to do with pornography. And speaking of pornography... were the girls he photographed in the bathroom together? If so, they were viewing each others nudity. Is that not pornography on their part? Shouldn't the girls be arrested for pornographically viewing each other? Think about it.

"What a huge price for the lewd and perverted thoughts of a man unable to control an addiction to pornography."

You're likely talking about almost all men... and many women, as well.

bikeboy
Boise, ID

Powell's actions are reprehensible. But I'm still not understanding how he took pictures from the house next door through an open bathroom door. I'd like to see a diagram of the layout of the two houses, just so I'd understand. (And I, too, wonder why these kids would have the door to the bathroom open during their "most intimate moments.")

Oh My Heck!
Vernal, UT

If I recall correctly, I believe Steven Powell photographed the girls at various times through their bathroom window, which apparently did not have an adequate blind or curtain covering it. Perhaps they thought they were far enough away from any other house that they were OK. I forget the ages of the children when this happened, but as they are just 8 and 10 now, they would have been much younger and unaware of the need to close the curtain. I believe I read he used a long-range or zoom type lens to do this.

While it is true that the girls would never have known about this had the videos and photos not been found, I'm glad they were found so that Steven Powell could not continue to take lewd photos of unsuspecting neighbor children. I wouldn't want him in my neighborhood, either.

And Neanderthal, I disagree with you that porn does not cause problems. I've seen the effects of it within my own family, including some former in-laws. Steven Powell has no respect for women, and apparently no understanding of proper boundaries.

wrz
Salt Lake City, UT

@Oh My Heck!:

"If I recall correctly, I believe Steven Powell photographed the girls at various times through their bathroom window..."

The article says 'open door.' Plus, they were 8 and 10 at the time. Reread the article.

Perhaps their parents are at fault for not teaching them to shut the door(s) while undressing, etc. This also means other doors of the girls' house were open, such as an exterior house door?

"...which apparently did not have an adequate blind or curtain covering it."

If one wants privacy make sure curtains/blinds are in place and doors are closed. But, the article says the pics were taken through a door. If they are in the bathroom, that means at least two doors.

"Perhaps they thought they were far enough away from any other house that they were OK."

Then, it would seem they are at fault for lewdness... leaving all doors open while getting naked.

"And Neanderthal, I disagree with you that porn does not cause problems."

Porn is nothing more or less than images on a piece of paper. If harm occurs it's not the fault of the images or the paper.

SLMG
Murtoa Australia, Victoria

It does not make one bit of difference weather it was a door or a window that the pictures were taken through, what does make a difference is that a total stranger to these two young girls was photographing them with out permission from them or their parents. To put the blame on these children because there were no curtains or blinds on the windows of the bathroon is a far reach to justify Steven Powells actions.

I hope they sue him for everything he has or will ever have and he loses everything. Please make sure this man never is allowed to own or possess another camera.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Miss Piggie Salt Lake City, UT
"Had the cops not violated Powell's privacy the photos would never have been dragged into the public"

The validity of the search warrant the police obtained before searching Mr. Powell's computer voids your opinion.

In what the girls thought was the privacy of their home whether they left the door to the bathroom open or closed is none of my business .... or yours.

Mr. Powell has several defenders on this web site but I'm not one of them.

Oh My Heck!
Vernal, UT

@wrz and others: Deseret News Apr. 22, 2012 "Steven Powell was arrested in September and charged with 14 counts of voyeurism.... His charges stem from allegedly taking pictures of two neighbor girls, then ages 8 and 10, through an open window into their bathroom without their knowledge in 2006 and 2007."

April 23, 2012 DN: "Specific to the charges, Powell is accused of taking pictures of two neighbor girls, then ages 8 and 10, through an open window into their bathroom without their knowledge in 2006 and 2007. The pictures were taken secretly without the subjects' knowledge or consent."

Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney: "The videos show the girls bathing, using the toilet, and dressing and undressing,"

You can read the pre-sentence report that is much more explicit about the photos Mr. Powell took of these two girls. Their mother mentioned that sometimes she left the blinds open due to the heat, not having any idea someone would be taking pictures of her daughters in their bathroom.

And there are many other reports giving details about this. One can expect to have some security and privacy in one's own home, without having creeps like Powell invading that privacy.

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