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Josh Powell had disturbing, sexualized cartoon images on computer

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Josh Powell is surrounded by reporters as he leaves a Pierce County courtroom in Tacoma, Wash., Sept. 23, 2011. AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

(AP) OLYMPIA, Wash. - Documents released Friday show that investigators in Washington recovered hundreds of disturbing, sexualized cartoon images from Josh Powell's computer.

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Social Services files released under state public records laws say many of the images included sexual depictions of popular cartoons, including child-focused characters such as Rugrats, Dennis the Menace and SpongeBob SquarePants. Another 15 images, which were apparently referred to in earlier reports, showed 3-D depictions of sex involving parents and their children.

A psychologist initially suggested that Powell continue his supervised visits then declared that the images were of "great concern." She suggested a new evaluation of Powell, which apparently didn't take place before he killed himself and his two sons in a house fire two weeks ago.

Powell's wife, Susan, vanished in Utah two years ago. Powell had been a person of interest in the case but maintained he had taken his sons on a camping trip the night she disappeared.

Complete coverage of the Susan Powell case on Crimesider

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