Former high school teacher, swim coach charged with child pornography

Posted at 5:03 PM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 18:55:47-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A federal grand jury Tuesday indicted a former high school teacher and swim coach in Blue Springs on nine counts of sex crimes involving children.

James Russell Green, 53, appeared in federal court Wednesday on the charges.

Green was previously charged in April 2017 in Jackson County, Missouri on child sex charges, but Wednesday's indictment details additional alleged crimes.

Green is a former teacher at Oak Park High School, several middle schools in the North Kansas City, Missouri School District, Blue Springs South High School, as well as a former head swimming coach in the districts and at Hallbrook Country Club in Leawood, Kansas.

The charges allege Green would secretly record illicit sexual encounters with several children in a 20-year period.

Investigators performed a search warrant on Green’s Blue Springs residence on April 14, 2017, where they uncovered videos of teenage victims between the ages of 14-17 undressing or preparing to shower. The videos dated back to the late 1990s.

In a 45-minute video, Green is alleged to have engaged in a “sexual encounter” with a victim at Green’s house. In the video, Green allegedly tells the victim to recruit other teenagers for “sexual activity.”

Investigators also seized other images from Green’s home that they say appeared to have been sent to him by minors he knew. Additionally, investigators allege Green saved sexually graphic chats with minors.

In a statement late Wednesday, a North Kansas City School District spokeswoman said the district is working with law enforcement in the investigation and that Green was terminated in June 2017.