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No bail for ex-Tahoe ski school employee on porn charges

Stephan L. DeGraffenreid (Photo: Washoe County Jail)

A U.S. magistrate has ordered a former children's ski school employee at a Lake Tahoe resort held without bail indefinitely pending his federal trial on child pornography charges.

Judge William Cobb refused to set any bail conditions Tuesday for the 26-year-old Nevada man accused of photographing young children in a bathroom at a rural daycare center his mother manages inside a church.

Cobb said he fears Stephan DeGraffenreid might try to flee in the face of a life prison sentence, or more, if convicted of all four counts. The judge said he's even more concerned about the potential danger he might pose to the public.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shannon Bryant says one count carries a 15-year minimum. The maximum on four combined is 120 years.

Defense attorney David Houston wanted the Gardnerville man with no criminal history placed on house arrest with an ankle bracelet and counseling until the June 13 trial.

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