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Former North Kansas City swim coach, charged with slew of sex crimes, takes plea deal

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A former teacher and swim coach in the Kansas City area pleaded guilty Tuesday to secretly filming a sexual encounter with a minor in Dec. 2013.

James R. Green Jr., 54, had been indicted earlier this year for multiple sex crimes involving minors. After Tuesday’s guilty plea, he still faces multiple charges for sex crimes involving minors in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Green formerly taught and coached swimming at Oak Park High School in the North Kansas City School District. He also had taught and coached at several middle schools in the district, and at Blue Springs South High School. He coached at Hallbrook Country Club in Leawood.

On Tuesday Green pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Kansas City to the production of child pornography and possession of child pornography, two of nine counts of sexual misconduct with which he had been charged.

The remaining federal charges will be dropped as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. A sentencing date has not been set.

The federal charges against Green, coming in a grand jury indictment in May, spanned decades.

Police investigations revealed at least seven victims, prompting the FBI to set up a hotline to find out if Green had sexually exploited others.

Green was charged with attempting to entice a victim to engage in illegal sexual activity, production of child pornography with a 13-year-old, attempting to produce child pornography with four additional victims, and possession of child pornography.

Much of the evidence produced against Green came from videos that he allegedly possessed.

Home videos found in a search of Green’s home in April 2017 depicted nude minors ranging in age from 14 to 17, according to federal prosecutors.

The videos appeared to have been taken with a secret camera, and showed minors undressing or preparing to shower, often in locker rooms. The recordings dated back to the 1990s and continued up until 2014 or 2015.

Also discovered: a 45-minute video of a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old who did not appear to know he was being filmed. In the video, Green encouraged the victim to recruit other minors for sex.

Jackson County prosecutors have also charged Green with multiple sex crimes against minors.

Green faces multiple counts of sodomy with a minor for allegedly sexually assaulting a Smithville High School student in 2005 and continuing a sexual relationship with him.

According to prosecutors, the relationship began when Green, a Blue Springs South High School teacher and a swim coach at the time, gave the student a ride home.

Later, when Green ignored the victim’s requests to be left alone, the victim went to police. Police were already investigating claims that Green had sexual relationship with a 16-year-old Blue Springs boy.

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