I hope everyone learns from this to keep your home private....window, curtains,
blinds, shutters closed tightly. I think many predators happen onto their
victims just by watching them in their houses. Please keep our children safe.
@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.
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
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.
@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.
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.
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.")
@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.
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
@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.
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.
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
To Ms Molli 5:12 p.m. June 20, 2012I'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.--------------------------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.
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?
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.
Now it's a race to see who gets to devour his assets, the girls or his own
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.
Ms MolliThat's a whole lot of unsubstantiated speculation and
judgement coming from you.
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.
And if anything uncovered helps bring closure to all of his victims that will be
a good thing.
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.