Youth basketball coach indicted on federal child porn charges

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CHICAGO — A Chicago youth basketball coach has been indicted on federal child pornography charges the U.S. Attorney’s office announced today.

35-year-old Bradley J. Ames is charged for allegedly paying minor boys to be photographed and video taped while engaged in sexually explicit conduct, a statement from the U.S. attorney said.

According to the indictment, Ames and a co-conspirator paid approximately $100 to $650 to the boys in return for being photographed and recorded while engaged in various sexual acts.  Ames and the co-conspirator then posted the photos and videos to the Internet.

The statement from the U.S. Attorney says “the pair met most of the minors online after the co-conspirator set up a Facebook profile for a fictitious female named “Hannah,” and used it to encourage young males to share photos and information about themselves.”

The indictment goes on to say Ames then selected certain boys from the Facebook communications that the “co-conspirator could pursue sexually explicit photos and videos of them.”

The indictment also alleges that Ames identified at least one minor victim through a boy he met while coaching youth basketball.  Ames provided the minor’s Facebook page to the co-conspirator to facilitate contacting the child.

The indictment also alleges that Ames sometimes paid the co-conspirator to engage in sexually explicit conduct with the minors.

Ames is charged with one count of conspiracy to produce child pornography, four counts of producing child pornography, and one count of knowingly receiving child pornography.

Ames is due back in court June 15.