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North KC swim coach sexually exploited minors over 20-year span, indictment says

A nine-count indictment by a federal grand jury made public Wednesday alleges that James Russell Green Jr., 53, engaged in sexual activity with minors and produced images and videos of child pornography over a period of 20 years.
A nine-count indictment by a federal grand jury made public Wednesday alleges that James Russell Green Jr., 53, engaged in sexual activity with minors and produced images and videos of child pornography over a period of 20 years.

A Blue Springs man who taught and coached swimming in North Kansas City has been indicted for sexually exploiting seven minor victims.

A nine-count indictment by a federal grand jury alleges that James Russell Green Jr., 53, engaged in sexual activity with minors and produced images and videos of child pornography over a period of 20 years.

Green is a former Oak Park High School teacher and swim coach. In the past two decades, he also taught at several North Kansas City School District middle schools as well as Blue Springs South High School. He coached swimming in those districts and at Hallbrook Country Club in Leawood, Kan.

The indictment includes charges that Green allegedly:

Attempted to entice a victim to engage in illegal sexual activity between Nov. 1, 2016, and April 9, 2017.

Produced child pornography with a 13-year-old victim between Dec. 25, 2013, and March 31, 2014.

Attempted to produce child pornography with four additional minor victims in February 2014.

Possessed child pornography, a video he produced of a seventh minor victim on April 14, 2017.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri, a search warrant of Green's home in April 2017 revealed videos taken with a secret video camera that showed nude minors ranging in age from 14 to 17 undressing or preparing to shower.

They were recorded beginning in the 1990s until 2014 or 2015, according to the release.

Investigators also found a 45-minute video of a graphic sexual encounter with the 13-year-old victim. In the video, Green encouraged the victim to recruit other minors for sex. Another recording depicted a graphic sexual encounter with a different victim.

Other child pornography was found on Green's computer and other devices. Some were downloaded from the Internet. Others were sent to him by minors. Graphic text messages and online chats were discovered by investigators, some soliciting sex with people who identified themselves as minors.

Last April, Jackson County prosecutors charged Green with six counts of sodomy with a minor. Prosecutors said Green started sexually assaulting a Smithville High School student in 2005 and carried on a sexual relationship with him.

The relationship allegedly began when Green, who was then a Blue Springs South High School teacher and a swim coach, gave the student a ride home.

Green touched the victim and later gave him gifts including Nike athletic shoes, a computer camera, a cellphone and a car.

He later engaged in oral and anal sex with the victim, often at his own home. Green hired the student to mow his yard as reason to "hang out," according to court documents.

The victim cut off contact with Green. But Green recontacted the victim a few years ago and ignored the victim's request to leave him alone. The victim went to police on April 6, 2017.

At the time, police were also investigating allegations that Green had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old Blue Springs boy.

According to court documents, Green told Blue Springs police that he had engaged in sexual relationships with at least two minors and had filmed boys in locker rooms at various schools where he had worked.

The FBI swiftly set up a hotline in order to find out whether there were more possible victims.

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