Devices designed to look like a bath towel hook and a smoke detector were used at his home in Monticello, Iowa, and his lake cabin in nearby Delhi. Stephen acknowledged that he had a hard drive containing folders named for different boys, each containing explicit photos and videos that he had amassed over the years through his involvement in the program for children ages 9 to He would offer to exchange nude videos and photos, telling the boys the types of images to produce. Many former Barnstormers have gone on to play college basketball at Division 1 programs. He used software to record live transmissions of the boys without their knowledge, and saved those images as well as their chats. The plea agreement allows Stephen to appeal that decision to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.
He has been in custody since his arrest and will remain jailed pending sentencing.
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He used software to record live transmissions of the boys without their knowledge, and saved those images as well as their chats. Iowa coach admits to having nude photos, videos of boys. Ellison gave the device to police after seeing that it contained several videos of boys showering in hotels in Lombard, Illinois, and Ankeny, Iowa. Some images were of boys undressing and showering, captured by recording devices that Stephen secretly placed in hotel bathrooms. IOWA CITY, Iowa AP — A prominent Iowa youth basketball coach faces potentially decades in prison after admitting to a yearslong pattern of sexually exploiting and abusing at least boys, including former players, their friends and other young athletes.