February 27, 2019
On February 26, 2019, LCSO deputies responded to a reported sex abuse incident in the Chiefland area. Detectives Mike Wilkinson and Justin Douglas responded to the call. The investigation revealed that Randall William Bingaman (5-10-1994) had engaged in multiple sex acts with a victim under the age of 13. The detectives developed probable cause for arrest after multiple interviews and examination of physical evidence. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible. The victim and family are receiving services through the LCSO Victim Advocate Office.
Detective Douglas charged Bingaman with two counts each of Lewd and Lascivious Battery and two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation. He was booked in at the Levy County Detention Center. Bingaman received his first court appearance on February 27, 2019. His combined bond was set at 1.2 million dollars by Levy County Judge Tim Browning.
Bingaman was a probationary employee with the School Board of Levy County and worked in the Food Service Division. According to School Superintendent Jeff Edison, the process to terminate Bingaman’s employment has begun. The evidence uncovered so far indicates that NONE of the alleged incidents occurred at any Levy County School.
Both Sheriff McCallum and Superintendent Edison expressed their sympathies for the victim and families involved. These cases are extremely regrettable but must be addressed. The Sheriff and Superintendent encourage everyone to pay attention to potential signs of child victimization and to report any suspicious circumstances to law enforcement or school administrators.