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Steven Powell trial state response to dismissing child porn charge

Steven Powell trial state response to dismissing child porn charge

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State's response to defense motion to dismiss child porn charge.
State's response to defense motion to dismiss child porn charge.

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STATEOFWASHINGTON,8STATE'SRESPONSETODEFENDANT'SMOTIONTODISMISSCOUNTXVPlaintiff,CAUSENO.
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STEVENCRAIGPOWELL,Defendant.COMESNOWTHESTATEOFWASHINGTON,byandthroughDeputyProsecutingAttorneyGrantBlinn,andherebyrespondstodefendant'smotiontodismissCountXV.FACTSTherelevantfactsaresetforthinthedeclarationfordeterminationofprobablecase.ISSUE
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DIDTHEDEFENDANTCOMMITTHECRIMEOFPOSSESSIONDEPITCTIONSOFMINORSENGAGEDINSEXUALLYEXPLICITCONDUCTBYPOSSESSINGDEPICTIONSOF8AND
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YEAROLDMINORSUSINGTHETOILETANDBATHINGWHENTHEIMAGESFOCUSONTHEBUTTOCKS,BREASTSANDVAGINALAREASOFTHEMINORS?Defendantchallengestheapplicationofthestatutetohisconduct,claimingthatthedepictionsatissuearenotimagesof"sexuallyexplicitconduct".Thedefinitionof"Sexuallyexplicitconduct"issetforthinRCW
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(4)"Sexuallyexplicitconduct"meansactualorsimulated:(a)Sexualintercourse,includinggenital-genital,oral-genital,anal-genital,ororal-anal,whetherbetweenpersonsofthesameoroppositesexorbetweenhumansandanimals;(b)Penetrationofthevaginaorrectumbyanyobject;
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(c)Masturbation;(d)Sadomasochisticabuse;8(e)Defecationorurinationforthepurposeofsexualstimulationoftheviewer;
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(f)Depictionofthegenitalsorunclothedpubicorrectalareasofanyminor,ortheunclothedbreastofafemaleminor,forthepurposeofsexualstimulationoftheviewer.Forthepurposesofthissubsection(4)(f),itisnotnecessarythattheminorknowthatheorsheisparticipatinginthedescribedconduct,oranyaspectofit;and(g)Touchingofaperson'sclothedorunclothedgenitals,pubicarea,buttocks,orbreastareaforthepurposeofsexualstimulationoftheviewer.Onlysections(f)and(g)areatissuehere.Thedepictionsatissueherestemfromthedefendant'sactofvideorecordingyounggirlswholivinginaresidenceadjacenttothedefendant'sresidence.Fromthedefendant'sbedroom,hecapturedthegirlsonvideointheirbathroomastheywerechangingclothes,bathing,oronthetoiletapparentlyurinating.Frequently,hewouldzoominonthegirls'buttocks,breasts,andvaginalareas.Attimes,thegirlsareseentouchingtheirgenitalsand/orpubicareaforhygienepurposes.Theseimages,whenviewed
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contextwithotherimagesstoredonthesameCD,areclearlypossessedforthesexualstimulationoftheviewer,Mr.Powell.Theimagesclearlymeetthedefinitionassetforthintheplainlanguageofthestatute.
STATE'SRESPONSETOOfficeoftheProsecutingAttorney930TacomaAvenueSouth,Room946Tacoma,Washington98402·2171MainOffice(253)797400DEFENDANT'SMOTIONTODISMISSCOUNTXV
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Thedefendantcitestoseveralcasesforthegeneralpropositionthat"sexuallyexplicit
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conduct"doesnotencompassdepictionsofminorsengaginginconductthatisnotinfluencedby3athirdpartyandwhentheminororthirdpartyisnotintendingtosexuallystimulatetheviewer.Thecasescitedbythedefendantdonotsupporthisargumentanddonotprovideabasisto
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beenamended.7DefendantcitestoStatev.Grannis,84Wash.App.546,930P.2d327(1997)insupport
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ofhismotiontodisrrusscountXV.HisrelianceismisplacedInGrannis,thedefendant9possessedimagesofchildrenplayingonaplayground.Thecamerafocusedonthechildren'sclothedgenitalia,buttocksandbreasts.Additionalimagesdepictedaminorgirltakingabath,anditwasobviousthatthegirldidnotknowshewasbeingviewed,photographedorfilmed.Noadultinitiated,contributedtoorotherwiseinfluencedtheconductofthegirlsontheplaygroundorthegirltakingabath.Asaresultofpossessingimagesofchildonaplaygroundandanotherchildinabath,thedefendantwaschargedwiththecrimeofPossessionofDepictionsofMinorsEngagedinSexuallyExplicitConduct.
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Inrespondingtothedefendant'schallengetothesufficiencyoftheevidence,thecourtlookedtooneofthedefinitionsof"sexuallyexplicitconduct"assetforthinformerRCW9.68A.011.TheonlysubsectionofRCW9.68A.011atissueinGrannishassincebeenamendedasindicatedindefendant'sbriefandthereforedoesnotapplyhere.Thedefinitionineffectatthetimeincluded"exhibitionofthegenitalsorunclothedpubicorrectalareasofanyminor,ortheunclothedbreastofafemaleminor,forthepurposeofsexualstimulationoftheviewer."Former
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