Saturday, August 04, 2001

Instructor accused of raping girl

By Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BLUE ASH — A grand jury is to hear accusations that weekly piano lessons in the home of a 69-year-old instructor degenerated into the rape of a little girl.

        Blue Ash detectives are investigating Charles W. Bingman on allegations he raped a 7-year-old.

        Mr. Bingman, of the 9000 block of Ash Court, was arrested at his home July 26 and charged with rape of a minor.

        According to the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office, Mr. Bingman was arraigned the next day in Hamilton County Municipal Court and ordered jailed in lieu of a $100,000 bond at 10 percent and ordered to stay away from minors if he made bond. Mr. Bingman paid the $10,000 required for his release.

        The grand jury is scheduled to hear his case by Monday. Mr. Bingman did not respond Friday to messages requesting comment.

        Blue Ash Police Detective John Ladd declined to discuss the case saying it remains under investigation.

        According to search warrants approved by a Hamilton County judge this week, the girl told investigators that on July 11, Mr. Bingman asked the girl's nanny to wait in the TV room of his home while he conducted a piano lesson in the basement.

        Police state in their search warrant request that the girl claimed that during the lesson, Mr. Bingman showed her nude photos and then asked her to undress. She alleged that he then performed oral sex on her.

        She told police that such activity happened during other lessons despite her asking him to stop. According to police documents, she claimed that Mr. Bingman “always told the victim that this was a "secret.'”

        Police reported finding nude photos during their search of his home.

        Blue Ash police ask that anyone with any information to contact Detective Ladd at 745-8555.


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