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Juggler pleads not guilty to child sex abuse charges

Updated: 07/25/2014 10:47 AM | Created: 07/25/2014 10:11 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

An accused child predator pleaded not guilty on Friday to child sex abuse and kidnapping charges he fled from 14 years ago.

A judge ordered Neil Stammer, 47, to be held without bond at the Metropolitan Detention Center.

Between 1997 and 1999, Stammer worked at a now-defunct magic shop on Central, where he met children police say he later assaulted. He was arrested in 2000 on charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, kidnapping, intimidation of a witness, battery and criminal sexual contact of a minor.

After posting bond, Stammer fled the country.

More than 14 years later, immigration officials in Nepal discovered Stammer was using a fake name on his passport. This led authorities to matching his face to an FBI poster.

Last weekend, the FBI brought Stammer back to Albuquerque from Nepal.

A former friend who met Stammer overseas told KOB he was shocked by the allegations against the man he knew as "Kevin."

"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 Ashline said.

But Ashline said if the allegations against Stammer are true, he hopes he gets the justice he deserves.

Neil Stammer, 47, pleaded not guilty to child sex abuse and kidnapping charges on Friday.

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