Ex-Oklahoma probation and parole officer faces sex charges


TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Oklahoma probation and parole officer who faces 10 sexual misconduct charges in state court now faces federal sexual assault charges.

Court documents show 35-year-old Steven Michael Powers was charged Tuesday with two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law for allegedly assaulting two women he was supervising between November 2016 and January 2017.

Powers was charged in December in Tulsa County with forcible sodomy and three counts each of stalking, sexual battery and indecent exposure.

U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Lennea Montandon said Wednesday the state and federal cases are related.

Powers pleaded not guilty to the state charges. No attorney is listed as representing him in the federal case and his attorney in the state case did not immediately return a phone call for comment.

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