Stephen pleads not guilty to additional charges

Staff report

     Greg Stephen, 42, of Monticello, is facing additional charges related to felony charges for knowingly transporting child pornography across state lines.

     Stephen was indicted last week on June 27 in U.S. District Court and faces the following charges: an additional charge of possession of child pornography, an additional charge of transportation of child pornography, and five counts of sexual exploitation of a child involving five different minors.

     Stephen is the former co-founder of the AAU Iowa Barnstormers youth basketball organization.

     The charges of sexual exploitation of a child span from 2010 to 2013.

     Stephen now faces a total of seven charges after two of his properties in Monticello and Lake Delhi were searched and seized on Feb. 22.

     Among the additional charges, prosecutors included a notice of forfeiture, should Stephen be convicted of all charges. Stephen would be forced to forfeit all of the “visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.” Those depictions would include videos, electronic equipment, photographs, and accessories used in producing the materials.

     An arraignment was set for July 5 on the recent charges. However, Stephen appeared in court on June 29 and pleaded not guilty to all additional counts. Therefore, the arraignment was canceled.

     Stephen still remains in custody. His trial date was previously re-set for Oct. 22.



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