Public Safety

Judge affirms ruling to keep former Iowa youth basketball coach charged with child porn in jail pending trial

CEDAR RAPIDS — A federal judge, in reviewing a magistrate’s order, affirmed the ruling to keep a former youth basketball coach in jail pending his trial on a charge related to secretly recording naked teenage players.

U.S. District Senior Judge Linda Reade said in last week’s ruling that there are “no conditions of release” for Greg Stephen, 42, of Monticello, a former Iowa Barnstormers coach, to “assure the safety of the community.”

Reade, in the order, said Stephen’s lawyers ask for the review, arguing U.S. Magistrate Kelly Mahoney should not have relied on law enforcement testimony about three former players, ages 13 and 15 at the time, who said they were inappropriately touched by Stephen while sharing a bed with him on road trips because these were “allegations of uncharged conduct.”

Reade said those incidents are of “grave concern” to her and “seriously undermine” the credibility of a psychologist who testified last month, saying Stephen didn’t pose a danger to the community.

The court can consider both “past conduct” and criminal history when determining if a defendant poses a danger to the community, Reade noted.

In the ruling, Reade pointed out Luis Rosell, a Mt. Pleasant forensic psychologist who specializes in sex offender treatment, isn’t Stephen’s treating psychologist. Rosell met with Stephen for two and half hours in anticipation of him being charged. During the evaluation, Stephen was defensive and underreported his own conduct, Rosell said, and Rosell’s opinion was mainly based on his belief that Stephen hadn’t committed a “hands-on” offense — never had inappropriate physical contact with a minor, Reade wrote.

Stephen was indicted earlier this month on one count of transportation of child pornography. Stephen previously was charged by information but a grand jury indictment was required because it’s a felony case.

Stephen’s trial is set for June 4 in U.S. District Court.

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