By Amanda Nicholson
The Marietta Times
A Newport man who served Frontier High School as a substitute teacher and volunteer boys basketball coach pleaded guilty to contributing to the unruliness of a minor Monday in juvenile court.
Devin R. Binegar, 25, of 49 Waugh St., was sentenced to 45 days in jail at the time of his plea to the first-degree misdemeanor.
Washington County Juvenile Court Judge Timothy Williams presided over the proceedings because the juvenile court has exclusive jurisdiction over the charge against Binegar, said Assistant Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings. Binegar did not make a statement to the court.
Binegar was indicted in November on a third-degree felony count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor after he allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old girl.
"There were at least two occasions they engaged in sexual intercourse," said Rings. "They were not dating."
Rings said the two incidents happened during the summer of 2011. Shane A. Dye, 25, of 70 Wilson St., Newport, was also indicted in November on a third-degree felony count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, reportedly the same 15-year-old.
It was reported that Dye and Binegar had met the girl after attending several parties over the course of the summer in 2011. She became pregnant in the fall of 2011 and later gave birth to a son. DNA testing proved Dye was the father.
In February, Dye was sentenced to six months in the Washington County Jail and five years of community control following his release.
Rings said the teen involved didn't want to go to trial with Binegar's case, so the plea was accepted.
"The girl is now an adult and indicated that she didn't wish to proceed with a trial," he said. "She expressed reluctance to come in and testify."
Binegar's sentence will start next week, Rings said.
"He'll start next Monday," he said. "He'll also be placed on probation."
Binegar's probation will last about six months. He will not have to register as a sex offender because the charge is a misdemeanor.
Binegar's attorney, George Cosenza, said the sentencing is fair.
"We had talked about the sentencing before, so Kevin and I, during negotiations settled on what we thought would be a fair sentencing that was a compromise between where he was and I was," Cosenza said.
Cosenza said his client is not a danger to anyone and is happy to be moving forward with his life.
"He never was a danger...He's just glad it's behind him," he said.