TACOMA, Wash., (ABC 4 News) - A judge ordered that the children of Josh and Susan Powell will stay with Susan's parents while Josh undergoes psycho-sexual evaluation. Attorneys also discussed pornographic images discovered by West Valley City Police on Josh's computer, KOMO-TV reported.
According to KOMO, images taken from Josh Powell's computer by WVC investigators in 2009 were mentioned by prosecutors, saying they were part West Valley City's ongoing criminal investigation into Susan Powell's disappearance.
Powell's attorney called the images "tasteless, but not illegal" during Wednesday's hearing.
During the court proceedings, Powell said he had never seen the images mentioned by prosecutors, and his attorney questioned how investigators even knew the images belonged to Josh.
Regarding the images, West valley City Police released a statement saying:"The West Valley City Police Department is aware of the current child custody matter in the State of Washington involving Joshua Powell and his two children. During the course of the investigation into the disappearance of Susan Cox Powell, the wife of Joshua Powell and mother of their two children, the West Valley City Police Department discovered information specifically related to their children’s welfare. This information was provided to authorities in the State of Washington."
A judge ordered Josh to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation that would also include a polygraph test.
In the meantime, the judge ordered that the Powell's two young sons would stay in temporary custody with Susan's parents, Chuck and Judy Cox.
Susan Powell disappeared from her West Valley City home in December 2009. Josh was named a 'person of interest' in the case, and moved from Utah to live with his father Steven Powell in Puyallup, Washington a little more than a month after Susan's disappearance.
In August, police raided Steve Powell's home
and found enough evidence to arrest and charge him with child pornography possession and voyeurism.
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