U.S. District Judge C.J. Williams sentenced former AAU coach Greg Stephen to 180 years in federal prison, the maximum penalty he faced on sexual exploitation and pornography charges. Williams called Stephen’s crimes horrendous, saying he abused his position of trust to prey upon boys who saw him as their ticket to college basketball.

In a sentencing memorandum, prosecutors asked a judge to sentence former Iowa Barnstormers coach Greg Stephen to 180 years in prison. They said that sentence would reflect the harm he caused his “victims and the community” and “his level of dangerousness.”

Stephen pleaded guilty last year to sexually exploiting minors and possessing and transporting child pornography. He acknowledged secretly recording players while they were naked, posed as a girl on social media to trick boys into sending him sexually explicit images, and recorded himself fondling boys while they slept.

The court has also recommended Stephen participate in a sex offender treatment program.

The world is a much safer place with this guy permanently behind bars. 

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