A former youth basketball coach is asking a federal judge to dismiss charges that he transported child pornography across state lines, arguing that the videos he secretly recorded of nude boys undressing are not pornography. Greg Stephen, 42, has pleaded not guilty to knowingly transporting child pornography and is scheduled to go to trial in federal court on June 4. He's told investigators he recorded the adolescents in an attempt to monitor their physical development. The camera used to record the boys was a still camera that did not focus on their genitals, the motion states, and the images were not intended to be distributed to others. Stephen has a First Amendment right to possess images of adolescent boys engaged in innocent conduct that is not pornographic or otherwise lascivious," the motion states. He allegedly told investigators he was aroused "in the same way you would be aroused when you view anyone naked.
Agents search Iowa AAU coach’s cabin in nude videos case
Agents search Iowa AAU coach”s cabin in nude videos case – Daily Democrat
Subscriber Account active since. IOWA CITY, Iowa AP — Investigators seized phones, hard drives and other devices during a search of a cabin owned by a prominent Iowa youth basketball coach under investigation for allegedly making videos of boys showering, court records show. An investigator also said Monday that Iowa officials are considering asking the FBI to join the probe into Greg Stephen, which has stunned the state's basketball scene. Stephen, 42, hasn't been charged with any crimes. He was one of two founders and the co-director of the Iowa Barnstormers, a traveling Amateur Athletic Union team that has produced several Division I college basketball players.
Agents search Iowa AAU coach's cabin in nude videos case
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A prominent Iowa youth basketball coach faces potentially decades in prison after admitting to a years-long pattern of sexually exploiting and abusing at least minor boys, including former players, their friends and other young athletes. Former Iowa Barnstormers coach Greg Stephen pleaded guilty in federal court in Cedar Rapids Thursday to five counts of sexual exploitation of minors, one count of possessing child pornography and one count of transporting child pornography. He acknowledged in a plea agreement that police discovered files on his hard drive with the names of minors. Some images were of boys undressing and showering, captured by recording devices that Stephen secretly placed in hotel bathrooms. Devices designed to look like a bath towel hook and a smoke detector were used at his home in Monticello, Iowa, and his lake cabin in nearby Delhi.
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