FEDERAL COURT UPHOLDS SENTENCE FOR IOWA COACH WHO ABUSED MORE THAN 400 BOYS. Gregory Stephen molested boys on at least 15 occasions between 1999 and 2018
January 5, 2021
A federal appeals court upheld a life prison sentence Monday for an influential Iowa youth basketball coach who used his position to sexually exploit more than 400 boys over 20 years.
A panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Gregory Stephen’s argument that his 180-year sentence was excessive because he did not kill or physically injure his victims.
Stephen, 45, worked with Iowa’s most promising youth players as a coach of the Iowa Barnstormers, which was sponsored by Adidas and competed nationally. Many of the teenagers