Friday, 19 April 2013

The "Jimmy Stephans" Story

James Steven Grady AKA Jimmy Stephens of Littleton, Colorado is the owner of and a photographer for the child modeling agency known as "TrueTeenBabes." Grady's website has been a source of controversy since 2002 when he was raided by law enforcement:
On April 5, Arapahoe County, Colo., deputies raided the home and offices of photographer James Steven Grady, who also operated the TrueTeenBabes and TrueTeenCams Web sites.

In the raid, which interrupted live chat session featuring a scantily clad 18-year-old “model,” deputies seized more than 100,000 images of teenage girls, including 220 featuring underage girls posing nude or partially nude, police said. Grady, 42, has pleaded innocent to 886 felony counts of violating a state statute against sexual exploitation of children. He remains in jail in lieu of $500,000 bail and could face a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted at his trial, currently scheduled to begin on Oct. 3.

The case against Smith, who was arrested after NBC’s Chicago affiliate WMAQ reported that the operation of his teen “model” site apparently violated his parole, may be the strongest of the three, since it is based on the frequently used federal child pornography statute.
In a statement announcing Smith’s indictment, U.S. Attorney Todd Graves said that investigators had seized copies the child pornography that Smith allegedly was selling and had obtained guilty pleas from three ancillary figures in the case, who apparently are cooperating with authorities.
Grady was eventually acquitted of the child pornography charges and continued to operate his agency. However he was losing an increasingly large amount of money due to piracy. So Grady teamed up with the owners of several other child modeling agencies to file a lawsuit against an internet forum which had been established by pedophiles to trade pirated images of girls on Gradys website. Grady also created a website titled "Stalking the Pirates" to expose the people participating in the forum.

This wasn't to be the only lawsuit filed by Grady, in 2010 he also filed suit against one of his former photographers, Terri Rieger Oberle of Largo, Florida, for attempting to set up her own agency after a dispute arose with Grady:

Terri Rieger Oberle
Largo mother, website operator in dispute over young models

LARGO — Terri Rieger Oberle allowed one daughter to appear in underwear and high heels on the website Another daughter appeared topless on the website

And now, in one of the stranger recent civil cases in Pinellas County, the whole arrangement has wound up in court.

Not because it's illegal.

Not because the mother wanted pictures of her young daughters taken off the websites.

Because of money.

Oberle, 47, of Largo says her daughters are 17 and 20 now and began appearing on the websites a year or so ago, when they were "roughly" 16 and 19. The websites list the girls' ages as 15 and 19.
She said the young women who appear on the websites are "attractive in it. They're not illegal or anything like that."

The website featuring her younger daughter shows girls ages 13 through 17 in provocative poses, such as in their underwear and with blouses and pants unbuttoned, but not nude. The other site, which includes the topless photos of her older daughter, claims to feature "America's hottest college girls" and "100-percent exclusive topless and nude photos."

But Oberle says the arrangement broke down when one of her daughters asked the website operator for more money, and "he fired my daughter." He also told her daughters they could not appear on any similar websites, she said.

Oberle declined to comment further.

James S. Grady operates the websites, and he is no stranger to controversy. He was arrested in 2002 in Colorado on more than 700 counts of sexual exploitation of a child, but the number of charges was reduced to 39 by the time the case came to court in 2003. And he was acquitted.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office investigated his websites in 2006 and 2009, but no charges were filed because they did not meet the legal criteria to be considered child pornography, said spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda.

Now Grady, 50, is suing Oberle and the two daughters. He says Oberle signed a "model release" form allowing her younger daughter to appear on his website using stage names. And he says he paid both daughters for their time. It's not clear how much he paid, but information on one of his websites says he pays $100 per hour for photo shoots.

But last year, the lawsuit says, the younger daughter allowed her photo to be used on a different website called And someone else helped her create a competing "pay-per-view" website, the lawsuit says, and offered to auction off "the wardrobe she wears in her shoots." The older daughter also posted her picture on the competing website, the lawsuit says.

Grady's lawsuit says this violated copyrighted work that was prepared for his websites. Grady and his attorney, Luke Lirot, could not be reached for comment.

Video available here:

Today Grady continues to operate his child modeling website, TrueTeenBabes, he also operates a forum which he uses to promote his website and others like it, known as "JambaTeens." The JambaTeens forum is moderated by Michael Grimes of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, who also operates his own child modeling agency known as "Sandl Models."
Michael Grimes of New Smyrna Beach, Florida

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