MONTICELLO, Iowa - A former Iowa Barnstormers coach is accused of having videos of undressed, underage boys.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says in a statement that it has launched a child pornography investigation involving the co-founder of the Barnstormers' youth basketball program.
According to court records, a contractor doing work at Greg Stephen's Jones County home found a video recording device in the bathroom, which was turned over to police.
Investigators say the device contained "video clips of young, non-adult male individuals disrobing to the point of nudity." Police say it "appeared the videos were taken in a hotel bathroom" and that the males in the video "did not appear to be aware they were being video recorded." This led police to obtain search warrants for two homes owned by Stephens, one in Monticello and the other in Delhi.
Police seized multiple computers, cell phones, and hard drives, and a backpack they say had hidden cameras inside.
Stephens has not been charged with a crime, but DCI says it is still investigating and asks anyone with information to contact them at (563) 284-9506.
Iowa Barnstormers Basketball released a statement on Twitter Thursday, saying, "Effective immediately Greg Stephen is no longer a part of our Barnstormers Basketball organization." A second Tweet Friday is posted above this story.
The organization is encouraging current and former players who experienced inappropriate behavior to contact police.
The basketball program is not affiliated with the Iowa Barnstormers indoor football team.
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