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FBI found child porn on J.Powell's computer before he murdered his sons

Josh, Charlie and Braden Powell
Josh, Charlie and Braden Powell CBS News

The Associated Press announced today that investigators with the FBI found child pornography on Josh Powell's computer at least 17 months before he killed his children and himself. Powell had murdered his two sons along with himself in an explosion at his home when a social worker brought his children for a supervised visit. This new information was not shared with officials at Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services. If it had, according to attorney, Anne Bremner, who represents the parents of Powell’s missing wife Susan, they “never would have let him have those kids," she said. Bremner said that local authorities had found other sexually explicit images of children—cartoons that depicted incest—on Powell’s computer. Those images caused a judge to order Powell to undergo a psychological evaluation. Then, Powell killed himself and his children

On February 5th, 2012, a state social worker delivered 7-year-old Charlie and 5-year-old Braden to Josh Powell's rented home in Graham, Washington, Powell then locked out the worker and ignited a fire that killed him and his sons. Before the fire suffocated the chi9ldren with smoke inhalation, they endured what police described as "chop wounds" to their heads and necks from a hatchet. After the fire, investigators found two five-gallon gas cans in the rubble, supporting the theory that Powell, who had lost custody of the boys to his missing wife's parents, had set an accelerated blaze.

The parents of Susan Powell, who went missing in December, 2009, from their Utah home, say the boys were playing happily on that Sunday and didn't want to visit their father. Charlie and Braden shared a bedroom in the grandparents Puyallup home since the fall of 2012, when they were removed from their father's custody due to the investigation into where Powell’s wife had disappeared to. An FBI spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.