OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The father-in-law of a missing Utah woman has been fired from his job with the Washington Corrections Department after he was charged with voyeurism and possessing child pornography.
Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis confirmed that Steven Powell was terminated Friday. Since 2006, Powell has worked for Washington State Correctional Industries, a Corrections Department division in which inmates learn trades like furniture making. The department says Powell sold classroom furniture built by inmates to Chelan County school districts.
Powell pleaded not guilty Friday. Pierce County, Wash., authorities accuse him of possessing child pornography and videotaping his daughter-in-law Susan Powell, other women and young girls without their knowledge. Steven Powell’s son, Josh Powell, who has been living with him in Puyallup, Wash., is the only named person of interest in Susan Powell’s 2009 disappearance. No charges have been filed against him.