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Bingham trial delayed

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By The Staff

The preliminary hearing for a former Los Alamos detention officer being accused of child sexual abuse has been postponed until Aug. 10.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Nunez said the charges against Dustin Bingham, 36, are still being investigated.
“There is still an ongoing investigation,” Nunez said.

Bingham was arrested May 3 after he confessed to Los Alamos County police to having sexual contact with two children. He is also being accused of secretly setting up secret video and social media accounts for his alleged victims so they could communicate with Bingham without the children’s parents finding out.

When confronted by police through a conference call between the relatives who reported the crimes to police and Bingham, Bingham allegedly told police that he would sometimes fondle the children “when the girls were wearing bras and sometimes when they were not wearing bras. Dustin also stated he ‘needed help.’” LAPD Det. Ryan Wolking said in his report.

Bingham is facing eight counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor, one count of child solicitation by electronic communication device and two counts of sexual exploitation of children.

Two of the criminal sexual contacts are second degree felonies, and two other criminal sexual contact charges are classified as third degree felonies. The other charges, including the four remaining criminal sexual contact charges are fourth-degree felonies.

In New Mexico, second-degree felonies involving crimes against children carry a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $12,500 fine. Third-degree felonies involving crimes against children carry a maximum sentence of six years in prison and maximum $5,000 fine.

A fourth-degree felony conviction in New Mexico carries a maximum sentence of 18 months and a maximum $5,000 fine.

Bingham started with the Los Alamos Police Department Sept. 17 2012 as a detention officer.

He resigned from the department April 18, 2015 as a detention officer 2.