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Man charged with sexual assault on Kiski Valley boy

| Saturday, March 7, 2009

A 37-year-old man from the state of Oklahoma is accused of contacting a Kiski Valley teen via the Internet and then having sex with him here.

Roger Wayne Bingham, of Muskogee, Okla., is set to have a preliminary hearing in Leechburg later this month in connection with the alleged incident last month.

Police say Bingham, who had no prior arrest record, also faces more than two dozen sex-related charges involving a boy back in his hometown.

Police said Bingham used an Internet instant-messaging system to contact the 15-year-old Kiski Valley boy.

Authorities said the 37-year-old suspect allegedly told the boy over the Internet that he was 19.

Kiski Township and Muskogee police said Bingham allegedly sent the boy several boxes of cigarettes and made arrangements to visit him in the Kiski Valley.

Police say Bingham then made the 17-hour drive from Muskogee, which is near Tulsa, to the Kiski Valley. a little more than 1,000 miles away.

Kiski Township police accuse Bingham of performing sex acts on the boy in an Allegheny Township hotel room on Feb. 12.

The victim eventually told police that instead of going to his sister's house right away at 6 p.m., he arranged to meet Bingham at a roller rink and then went to the hotel with him.

The youth told police what happened after the boy's mother found out and contacted police.

Police say they found Bingham's name and return address on a package containing the cigarettes.

Police tried to get Bingham, who was still in the area a day or two later, to meet them, with an officer posing as the boy, but they were unsuccessful.

Police then asked the local boy to send a message to Bingham using his screen name, "bingbang92," asking Bingham to see him again.

Police say when Bingham showed up at the spot in Kiski Township, police surrounded his SUV bearing Oklahoma license plates and he was arrested without incident.

Bingham is charged with statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, child luring and related charges.

Bingham was being held in the Armstrong County Jail in Kittanning on Friday in lieu of $125,000 bond. He is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on March 18 in Leechburg.

Muskogee police investigator Ginny Bemo said she filed 26 counts of oral sodomy against Bingham involving a boy there. She said Muskogee police are investigating allegations involving two other boys.

"He doesn't have an arrest record and he has coached youth baseball teams," she said.

Bingham had been chief fiscal officer of an employment board in Oklahoma.

Muskogee District Attorney Larry Moore said Friday he has filed a felony arrest warrant and will ask to have Bingham returned to Oklahoma after his Kiski Valley case is settled.

Late last month, Muskogee police entered Bingham's house. They confiscated sexual DVDs, sex toys, a computer and list of children's names, according to the Muskogee Phoenix newspaper.

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