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Steven Powell released from custody in Washington

In this July 13, 2015, file photo, Steven Powell sits in a Pierce County Superior courtroom in Tacoma, shortly after he was found guilty of possessing child pornography. Authorities in Washington state say Powell, the father-in-law of a Utah woman who went missing in 2009 has been released early from prison after serving time for possession of child pornography. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
In this July 13, 2015, file photo, Steven Powell sits in a Pierce County Superior courtroom in Tacoma, shortly after he was found guilty of possessing child pornography. Authorities in Washington state say Powell, the father-in-law of a Utah woman who went missing in 2009 has been released early from prison after serving time for possession of child pornography. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)

TACOMA – Authorities in Washington say the father-in-law of a Utah woman who went missing in 2009 has been released early from prison after serving time for possession of child pornography.

Steven Powell is the father of Josh Powell, who is believed to have killed his wife, Susan Powell, in Utah before moving to Washington state, where he killed himself and his two young sons in an explosive fire at their Pierce County home in 2012.

Investigators found the child pornography, consisted of images Steven Powell took of the neighbor girls in various states of undress, while searching his home as part of the investigation into Susan Powell’s disappearance.

Department of Corrections spokesman Jeremy Barclay told the News Tribune that Powell was released Tuesday after receiving some time off for good behavior. He was sentenced to five years in 2015.


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