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Steven Powell Jailed For Refusing Sex Deviant Treatment As 5th Anniversary Of Susan Powell’s Disappearance Nears

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Dec. 1 2014, Published 3:44 p.m. ET

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As the five year anniversary of Utah mom Susan Powell’s disappearance approaches, has learned that her father-in-law will be spending it in jail. Steven Powell’s refusal to get sexual deviancy treatment will keep him in jail for at least another 40 days as he awaits trial on child porn charges, a Washington state judge has ruled.

Powell, 64, is the former father-in-law of Susan Powell, who mysteriously disappeared from her Utah home five years ago this week.

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His son, Josh Powell, killed his two young sons with a hatchet before killing himself and setting his home on fire in 2012. Investigators has called Josh Powell a “person of interest” in the 2009 disappearance of his wife.

The elder Powell was arrested in October on child porn charges stemming from a 2012 search of his home that investigators say revealed sexually explicit photos of two young neighbor girls. Those charges had been tossed by a judge during his 2012 voyeurism trial, but an appeals court recently allowed prosecutors to refile them. A trial is set for next year.

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He got out of a Washington State prison last March after serving a his sentence for the voyeurism conviction, which involved his taking photos of the two girls.

Powell has “not shown any desire to comply” and poses a “continued risk to the community” for failing to get the court-ordered sex treatment, his parole officer wrote in a report asking the judge to sentence him to another 60 days in jail. The judge imposed a 40-day sentence after a hearing Wednesday.

Saturday, December 6, marks the 5th anniversary of Susan Powell’s disappearance, which means that under Utah law she will be considered legally dead. The declaration is expected to have an impact on the ongoing court fight between Susan Powell’s family and her in-laws over control of her estate.

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