2 accused of preying on teen girls
Two Newport men accused of frequenting parties to pick up teenage girls were arrested Monday, one of them charged with the rape of a teen whose child he fathered.
The other, Frontier High School substitute teacher and volunteer assistant boys basketball coach Devin Binegar, allegedly had sex on at least two occasions with a 15-year-old girl.
And more charges could be on the way.
Shane Dye, 24, of 70 Wilson St., is charged with a first-degree felony count of rape and is being held in the Washington County Jail on a $250,000 bond, Sheriff Larry Mincks said. Binegar, charged with a fourth-degree felony count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, posted a $15,000 bond and was released from the jail.
Municipal court had no record of attorneys for either man, and a phone number for Binegar could not be located.
The alleged crimes occurred in 2011, but Mincks said authorities believe Dye and Binegar may have engaged in sexual activity with other underage girls. Anyone with information on such encounters is asked to contact Detective Kevin Hornbeck at 376-7070.
Mincks would not comment on whether there have been any accusations of Binegar interacting inappropriately with students at Frontier High School or Newport Elementary School, where he has substituted.
“We will be following up on all leads that come up,” he said.
Frontier Local Schools Superintendent Bruce Kidder said the district has not been notified of any such incidents.
“We’ve never had a report of any kind of inappropriate behavior at all from the young man,” he said.
Binegar, who became a substitute for the 2012-13 school year, is being removed from the district’s sub list, Kidder said. He also served as an unpaid assistant boys basketball coach this season, but it was not immediately clear whether he had in any prior seasons.
To become a substitute and volunteer as a coach, Binegar had to pass a criminal background check by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. There was no indication of any problem with that, and a review of his records on the Marietta Municipal Court website showed only traffic violations, including driving under a suspended license in 2011.
“He passed his BCI clean,” Kidder said.
Mincks said Binegar and Dye went together to parties where teenagers were present.
On or around July 1, 2011, Dye was at a party in Newport where a 15-year-old girl reportedly passed out after drinking moonshine. According to a release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Dye and the girl were transported by other people to a home in Marietta, where she fell asleep on the couch.
When she awoke, her pants had been taken off and Dye stated they had had sex, the release says. The girl told agents of the Major Crimes Task Force she had not consented to sex and had no relationship with Dye prior to the incident.
The girl later gave birth to a child, the release says, and DNA tests indicate a nearly 100 percent likelihood that Dye is the child’s father.
Around the same time, in an unrelated incident, Binegar is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl he met at a party on two different occasions.
Mincks said the case has been under investigation for “several months” but it was not immediately clear that one of them was a substitute teacher.
“It took us a while to identify (Binegar),” the sheriff said. “Right after we found out who he was, we moved fairly quickly.”
Mincks declined to say how authorities learned of the incidents.
Both men were arrested without incident – Binegar at his home and Dye after turning himself in at the jail.