Created: 07/23/2014 10:05 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4
For the first time, we are hearing from someone who spent time with Neil Stammer while he was in Asia. Stammer is the professional juggler who skipped town after being charged with child molestation back in 1999. This past weekend, the FBI brought Stammer back to Albuquerque from Nepal.
KOB Eyewitness News 4’s Chris Ramirez learned, Stammer is a genius with languages and a real charmer.
Talking to us from Seoul, South Korea via Skype, Bill Ashline is still surprised that the nice, charming, and well educated man he met while traveling is the same man accused of preying on children in Albuquerque then moving around the world to evade the FBI.
“He told me his name was Kevin,” said Bill. “And he said he was from Iowa."
"Kevin" and Bill met at a resort in northeast Thailand on the Mekong River. Bill was immediately struck by how many languages his new friend could speak.
“I heard him speak German. I heard him speak Portuguese, I heard him speak Japanese. I heard him speak a little bit of Korean. He spoke French fluently,” Bill said.
"Kevin" spoke about his life in Nepal, teaching high school aged children.
“He was teaching young people and helping them get into American universities. Like passing the SAT tests and so forth. He was getting them get into prestigious, he claimed, prestigious universities. He showed me his area of Nepal where he was living,” he said.
And when Bill found out that his friend “Kevin” was in fact Neil Stammer he was shocked.
Bill said there was no indication that Neil Stammer may be a pedophile.
“This person had so many things going on for himself, he was such a remarkable person that there really was no indication that he had any kind of personality like that,” Bill said.
Bill says the world traveler he knew as "Kevin" was the most impressive man he ever met. However, he says if the allegations against the man Albuquerque known as Neil Stammer are true, he hopes he gets the justice he deserves.
Stammer will face a judge on Friday for his arraignment in federal court.