IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A lawsuit has been filed seeking to represent hundreds of victims of a former Iowa youth basketball coach now facing 15 to 180 years in prison for sexually exploiting them.
The lawsuit seeks class-action status and was filed Friday in state court by law firm Grefe & Sidney on behalf of an unnamed victim. It names as defendants former Iowa Barnstormers coach Greg Stephen of Monticello, as well as the Barnstormers organization and its supervising organization, the Amateur Athletic Union.
The lawsuit accuses Stephen of intruding on the privacy of more than 400 boys by secretly or deceptively recording them undressing, showering and performing sexually explicit acts. It accuses the sports organizations of negligence by employing Stephen and not protecting the boys.
Stephen pleaded guilty last month to sexually exploiting minors and possessing and transporting child pornography. He hasn’t been sentenced yet.