Sex Offender Change Of Venue 19 Jun 12

A Level 3 Sex Offender in custody in the Brown County Jail has requested a change of venue for his upcoming trial on charges of criminal sexual conduct, invasion of privacy, and violation of parole. 48-year-old James Allen Binger was arrested in early April for allegedly peeking through windows of homes in New Ulm, only 4 days after his release from jail for a previous parole violation. That violation came after Binger exposed himself to a man at New Ulm’s Minnecon Park last November. He had originally served an 86-month prison sentence for criminal sexual conduct involving young boys in Renville and Nicollet Counties before moving to New Ulm several years ago. He is now facing the possibility of more time in prison, but his trial has been delayed while the judge considers the change of venue request. His attorney says it would be impossible for Binger to get a fair trial in southern Minnesota due to media exposure. Prosecutors argue that juries handle cases like this every day.