Judge denies bond for accused child predator

Neil Stammer

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Juggler Neil Stammer pleaded ‘not guilty’ Friday morning to the decades-old charges against him, including child rape, and the District Attorney’s office says more charges are on the way.

Stammer, 47, let his attorney do the talking in court, a far cry from this weekend when he reacted to the charges against him on camera.

He was initially arrested more than 14 years ago, accused of raping one boy and molesting another. Police say he taught the boys juggling at his magic shop in the Nob Hill area.

After his arrest, Stammer posted bond and vanished.

Stammer claims he didn’t know authorities were looking for him.

Police and the FBI say Stammer spent four or five years in Iowa, before moving to Nepal. That’s where authorities say Stammer was caught with a fake passport. He was arrested and sent back to Albuquerque this past weekend.

Friday the judge made sure Stammer won’t pull another disappearing act by denying him bond.

The D.A.’s office says a third victim has come forward and more charges will be filed, but didn’t specify what those charges will be.

Authorities say Stammer taught English to children in Nepal. They’re worried there may be young victims there, too.

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