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Former Iowa AAU coach arrested for child porn

Greg Stephen, charged with knowingly transporting child pornography. (Linn County Jail)

A prominent boys basketball coach in Iowa has been arrested and charged with knowingly transporting child pornography.

42-year-old Greg Stephen is scheduled to make his initial appearance in federal court Tuesday afternoon.

Stephen was one of the co-founders and co-director of the Iowa Barnstormers, a travelling Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team that has produced several Division I basketball players. The organization cut ties with him after learning he was under investigation for child porn and invasion of privacy.


Stephen is accused of recording videos of three boys showering while on a trip. Investigators said they found more than 100 clips of three players, ages 12, 13, and 14, stored in folders with their names on the device. Stephen allegedly told investigators he made those recordings in a hotel room in Lombard, Illinois, during a January trip to watch a Chicago Bulls game.

Stephen allegedly said it was embarrassing and dumb to have the videos but that his only intention was “looking at how much taller the kids were going to get and how developed they were,” and he did so partly by observing their genitalia and body hair. He also claimed he made the videos “on a whim.”

Pressed by agents, Stephen said he became “maybe a little bit” aroused while viewing the videos “in the same way you would be aroused when you view anyone naked.” Stephen denied that he ever made sexual advances toward any current or former players, according to the affidavit, and told investigators they wouldn’t find any additional hidden video cameras in his possession.

A current player also told investigators that Stephen shared a hotel room with him and two other players during a trip to Las Vegas in 2016. The player said he had shared a bed with Stephen and was woken up by movements that indicated Stephen was masturbating, the affidavit stated. The player was stunned and said he never spoke about the incident until recently.

Federal filings list his Delhi home as the Barnstormers’ mailing address.

When reached for comment, Barnstormers executive director Jamie Johnson said, "We will let the authorities deal with him."

If convicted, he could 5 to 20 years in federal prison. He is being held in custody until his next court appearance.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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