Former AAU youth basketball coach pleads guilty to child porn, sexual exploitation


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    According to court documents obtained by CBS2/FOX 28, former Iowa Barnstormers youth basketball coach Greg Stephen pleaded guilty to multiple charges including transportation of child pornography and child exploitation.

    Last week, the Monticello man who founded the prominent AAU basketball program, said he planned to plead guilty in federal court and entered a plea deal. That deal was approved by the court on Thursday.

    The massive scope of Stephen’s abuse was revealed in the plea agreement filed Thursday after the former Iowa Barnstormers coach pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual exploitation of minors, one count of possessing child pornography and one count of transporting child pornography in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

    Stephen acknowledged that he had a hard drive containing folders named for 400 different minor boys. Each had explicit photos and videos that he had amassed over the years through his access as coach and administrator of the program for children between ages 9 and 17. Many of the boys who took part in the program have gone on to play college basketball at Division 1 programs.

    Stephen, 42, was originally charged with the transportation of child pornography charge in March, when investigators alleged that he secretly recorded players on the Iowa Barnstormers while they were disrobing.

    Prosecutors said they initially found more than 100 clips of three players on a device provided to them by a source who was doing remodeling work on Stephen's home in Monticello.

    Stephen will be sentenced at a later date and faces up to 180 years in federal prison. The agreement notes that the potential sentence he faces will be lengthened due to the number and age of victims, the fact that he engaged in sexual acts and contact with multiple boys, and that he had supervisory control over them.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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