Public Safety

Former youth basketball coach faces more charges

Feds: Stephen enticed five minors to make explicit videos

CEDAR RAPIDS — A former Barnstormers youth basketball coach already charged with child pornography was indicted this week on another child porn charge and five counts of enticing five different minors into making sexually explicit videos.

Greg S. Stephen, 42, pleaded not guilty to the new charges today in U.S. District Court.

Stephen was charged in a superseding indictment Wednesday with five charges of sexual exploitation of a child from 2011 through 2012 and possession of child pornography. The videos were seized during a Feb. 22 search of Stephen’s residence in Monticello, the indictment shows.

Stephen previously was charged with one count of transportation of child pornography. He is accused of surreptitiously secretly recording naked teenage basketball players in a hotel bathroom.

He now faces a total of seven charges.

The new indictment also includes a notice of forfeiture, in which prosecutors are asking the court to order Stephen to forfeit all the videos of minors and electronic equipment and accessories used in producing the materials.

A lawyer for Stephen, who was first charged in April, has asked the court to dismiss the initial charge, arguing the videos are not child pornography and that the videos were illegally acquired by authorities.

In a previous ruling, U.S. District Senior Judge Linda Reade noted Stephen admitted to an investigator that he recorded the images out of “sexual curiosity” and that he became aroused while viewing them. The images were created for his sexual gratification, she ruled.

Mark Meyer, Stephen’s lawyer, argued the video evidence shouldn’t be allowed at trial because a contractor who was working in Stephen’s home had no right to take a USB device and camera he thought suspicious.

The contractor later turned the device over to police, records show.

Stephen remains in jail pending trial, which is set for Oct. 22.

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