A former Broken Arrow parole and probation officer has pleaded guilty after being charged with sex crimes charges. Steven Powers pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday, August 27 to two counts of violating the civil rights of women whose probation he supervised.

According to court documents, Steven Powers worked for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections in their Broken Arrow office from 2015 to 2017. 

One woman told investigators she submitted to the sexual acts because she was worried by not doing it, it would endanger her probation status. Another victim who was also on parole told investigators Powers sent multiple unsolicited text messages showing his genitals.
 
According to a release from U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma Trent Shores, Powers said he knew what he was doing was wrong and against the law, but he did it anyway.
 

“Steven Powers is not above the law," Shores said. "Rather, he took an oath to uphold it. In fact, he betrayed the trust placed in him by the State of Oklahoma to fulfill his duties as a probation and parole officer. He egregiously abused his authority by sexually assaulting the victims, violating their civil rights and ultimately damaging the integrity our justice system."