Hearing Postponed for Monticello Man Charged with Child Pornography

A judge has postponed a hearing for a Monticello man who was arrested this week on a child pornography charge.

Greg Stephen is the former co-director of the Iowa Barnstormers, a youth basketball league. He was taken into custody Tuesday by the FBI and charged with knowingly transporting child pornography.

Investigators allege Stephen admitted to secretly recording adolescent players undressing in a hotel bathroom. He has denied ever making sexual advances toward them.

Stephen had been scheduled to appear in a federal court in Cedar Rapids for a detention hearing Thursday. But his defense team asked Wednesday to postpone the hearing until March 21st, saying a key witness would be unavailable until then. A judge granted the request.

Stephen’s defense plans to obtain testimony from Luis Rosell, the former sex offender treatment director for the Iowa Department of Corrections.

 

(story courtesy of Associated Press)