Police Arrest Former Jailer Dustin J. Bingham

Dustin J. Bingham

Staff Report

A former Los Alamos Police Department Detention Officer was arrested Wednesday and charged with eight counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor.

Dustin J. Bingham was arraigned before Judge Pat Casados today in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

Bingham worked for LAPD from September 2012 to April 2015. He also served as a Santa Fe Sheriff’s Deputy from April 2015 until he resigned in February. The alleged crimes occurred between November 2015 and April 2017, several months after his employment at LAPD ended.

Bingham will remain incarcerated until a hearing in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe concerning his request to be released on bond. Deputy District Attorney Michael A. Nunez, present in court by telephone, told the court that if Bingham was found guilty of all eight charges, he could face a maximum of 48 years in prison, up to $70,000 in fines and 20 years of probation.

If convicted of even one of the crimes, Bingham will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life. Counts 1 and 2 against Bingham are second degree felonies, Counts 3 and 4 are third degree felonies and Counts 5 through 8 are fourth degree felonies.

Casados set a preliminary hearing for Bingham for May 11. The District Court bond hearing is required to be held with five business days but has not yet been scheduled.