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Binger back in jail

April 11, 2012
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - Four days after he was released from prison for an earlier parole violation, a 48-year-old Level 3 Predatory Sex Offender is back behind bars following reports he was peeking in windows Easter Sunday and Monday.

James A. Binger was arrested and taken to jail at about 9:30 a.m. Monday after two people said he was peeking in their windows.

New Ulm Police Commander Dave Borchert said a caller identified as a fellow apartment dweller near the 100 block of Center Street, told police Binger was looking into an egress window at about 9:30 a.m. Monday.

"Police investigated the privacy invasion complaint and had a warrant for his arrest within 45 minutes," Borchert said. "During further investigation, we found a woman who said Binger was peeking in her window on Easter Sunday."

Borchert said registered sexual offenders are easy to track down because they are so closely supervised by Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) officers using Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

"I'd rather not have them (sexual offenders) released in our community, but I appreciate the fact that DOC officers monitor them so closely," Borchert added. "It gives us more tools in our tool belt."

Borchert said a police report is being forwarded to the city attorney's office for possible charges.

Five years ago, Binger sentenced to prison for criminal sexual conduct involving young boys.

According to the DOC, Binger has a history of sexual contact with 7 to 16 year-old males that included fondling and penetration.

He provided some victims with alcohol, and was known to most of them.

Binger was arrested by New Ulm Police on Nov. 10, 2011 for indecent exposure after police were told he exposed himself to another man who was fishing the Minnesota River in Minnecon Park before riding away on a bicycle.

Five DOC agents monitor Binger who was sentenced to be on Intensive Supervised Release until Nov. 16, 2014.

For more information, visit the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at

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