On Feb. 8 at 1:30 p.m., Timothy A. Bingley, a former student of St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) attended his final hearing before a trial projected to start on March 5. The hearing, attended by Bingley, his attorneys (Mark Palumbo and William Brennan, Jr.) and his family, was relatively short, although it started an hour later than scheduled due to unknown reasons.
The case, as previously reported in The Point News’ (TPN) seventh edition by Dan Belson, concerns Bingley and his alleged actions between Dec. 1, 2017 and May 23, 2018. Bingley is charged with “recording, preparing and publishing videos of men defecating in campus bathrooms without their knowledge” (TPN). This will mark the second time Bingley’s case will be brought to court, after an attempt in September of 2018 that did not result in a prosecution. Regardless of the trial’s result, Bingley is banned from the SMCM campus.
At the Feb. 8 hearing, Bingley’s lawyers revealed to the judge that they had been approached by the state for a possible plea deal, which would make a trial unnecessary. While the specifics of the possible plea deal is unknown, many have speculated that they “see no possible way [Bingley] can defend himself” (TPN). The Point News will continue to monitor the case as it proceeds, and provide updates on whether or not a plea deal will flush out the possibility of a trial.