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Oilfield Worker Facing Federal Charges For Having Child Pornography While on the Job


Kristen Lowe
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY- A local oilfield worker is in federal custody after being caught with child pornography while on the job.

According to the criminal complaint, an anonymous source sent Odessa Police an SD card, a flash drive and a note. The note explained that the media was found in a concrete truck at the Halliburton Murphy Yard.

Investigators looked at the media and found several pictures of young girls dressed in lingerie and posing sexually explicit positions. All of the girls were between nine and twelve years old.

There were also pictures of William Douglas Powell posing provocatively in his coveralls. The name on his outfit gave him away.

On June 11, detectives with Odessa Police raided Powell's apartment at the Idlewood Terrace Apartments. They arrested Powell right after and he admitted to owning the SD card and the flash drive.

Powell had been employed by Texas Worker Service, an oilfield placement service in Midland, since 2003. They tell NewsWest 9 that Powell was terminated once they found out he had pornography on the job.

If convicted, Powell faces up to 10 years in prison and at least five years of supervised release.