- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Latest on an ex-Lake Tahoe ski school instructor facing federal child pornography charges (all times local, PDT):

7:15 p.m.

A U.S. magistrate has ordered a former children’s ski instructor 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.

Eds: This item corrects an earlier version that incorrectly reported that the maximum penalty on all four counts is 140 years. It is 120 years.

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6:40 p.m.

A U.S. magistrate has ordered a former children’s ski instructor 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 DeGraffenreid is one count carries a 15-year minimum. The maximum on four combined is 140 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.

11:30 a.m.

An ex-Lake Tahoe ski school instructor facing federal child pornography charges is not the predator prosecutors make him out to be and should be released from jail on house arrest pending his trial, his lawyer said in court documents filed ahead of a bail hearing Tuesday for the suspect.

Federal prosecutors counter that Stephan DeGraffenreid, 26, should remain in jail without bail until his trial is set to begin in U.S. District Court in Reno June 13 on charges including sexual exploitation of a minor.

DeGraffenreid, who was fired from his job as an assistant at the Heavenly Ski Resort’s ski school, is accused of photographing young children in a bathroom at a daycare center his mother manages inside a church. He pleaded not guilty on April 6.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shannon Bryant said DeGraffenreid is an “extremely dangerous predator to our community’s most vulnerable population group” who should not be released before his trial.

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