IOWA CITY, Iowa — A distinguished Iowa boys basketball coach was arrested on a federal pornography cost Tuesday after he confessed to secretly recording adolescent gamers disrobing in a resort lavatory, investigators stated.
The FBI took Greg Stephen, co-founder of the Iowa Barnstormers travelling staff, into custody after a choose signed a warrant charging him with knowingly transporting little one pornography. The cost carries 15 to 30 years in jail.
Stephen, 42, of Monticello, is predicted to make his preliminary look Tuesday afternoon on the federal courthouse in Cedar Rapids.
The Barnstormers reduce ties with Stephen final month when investigators served his house and cabin as a part of the investigation. This system, for boys between fifth and 12th grade, fields groups in Novice Athletic Union occasions and is sponsored by Adidas. A number of gamers who went on to play Division 1 school basketball have cycled via the group since its founding in 2005.
A prison grievance unsealed Tuesday alleges Stephen’s former brother-in-law got here throughout a USB recording gadget in a rest room whereas doing transforming work in Stephen’s house final month.
The person turned the gadget over to police after viewing digital video recordsdata exhibiting teenage boys disrobing and getting into and exiting a resort lavatory bathe. The person advised police one of many gamers featured within the movies had spent the night time at Stephen’s house on Feb. 16, and that Stephen turned “frantic” when he discovered the gadget was lacking.
Investigators stated they discovered greater than 100 clips of three gamers, ages 12, 13, and 14, saved in folders with their names on the gadget. Stephen allegedly advised investigators he made these recordings in a resort room in Lombard, Illinois, throughout a January journey to look at a Chicago Bulls sport.
“He said his goal for creating the movies was for curiosity involving sexual improvement and adolescent improvement,” in line with an affidavit written by particular agent Ryan Kedley of the Iowa Division of Felony Investigation.
Brokers interviewed Stephen at his workplace at a family-owned automobile dealership in Monticello, the place Stephen was the final supervisor. He wasn’t paid for his work with the Barnstormers, wherein he coached gamers and ran its administrative operations.
Dad and mom of every of the three gamers confirmed the identities of their kids within the movies, Kedley wrote. Investigators additionally discovered a video file of a fourth boy disrobing in a resort lavatory in Ankeny, Iowa.
Stephen allegedly stated it was embarrassing and dumb to have the movies however that his solely intention was “ how a lot taller the children had been going to get and the way developed they had been,” and he did so partly by observing their genitalia and physique hair. He additionally claimed he made the movies “on a whim.”
Pressed by brokers, Stephen stated he turned “possibly somewhat bit” aroused whereas viewing the movies “in the identical means you’ll be aroused while you view anybody bare.” Stephen denied that he ever made sexual advances towards any present or former gamers, in line with the affidavit, and advised investigators they wouldn’t discover any further hidden video cameras in his possession.
Regardless of that declare, brokers stated they seized a number of covert cameras together with quite a few digital gadgets throughout the searches of Stephen’s two residences. The grievance stated Stephen’s prison conduct dates again to January 2010, however offers no particulars of any actions earlier than January 2018.
A present Iowa Barnstormers participant later advised investigators that Stephen shared a resort room with him and two different gamers throughout a visit to Las Vegas in 2016.
The participant stated he had shared a mattress with Stephen and was woken up by actions that indicated Stephen was masturbating, the affidavit said. The participant was surprised and stated he by no means spoke in regards to the incident till just lately.