Charles Wingate, ex-councilman, apologizes for keeping naked, autistic boy in filth

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Big photos, video below.
Charles Wingate was once a Colorado Springs city councilman, as well as a prominent, respected member of the community.

Now, however, Wingate must rebuild his life and his reputation from the ground up. He's been sentenced for misdemeanor child abuse after his naked, autistic thirteen-year-old son was found living in a home pocked with human feces and dead rodents.

Details, photos and video below.

When he was profiled by journalist Cara DeGette in the Colorado Springs Independent back in 2001, Wingate was described as "a 32-year-old stockbroker who ran unsuccessfully two years ago for the chairmanship of the local Republican Party," as well as a "a former supporter of ultra-conservative candidates like North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms and El Paso County Commissioner Betty Beedy" who "has raised some progressive eyebrows but maintains fairly moderate positions on the issues."

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Wingate's campaign photo.
His main platform involved public safety, a focus that won him the endorsement of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce.

After a vigorous campaign, Wingate won a seat on the council -- but he didn't stay there long, as noted by DeGette in a 2003 update headlined "10 Republicans Who Have Kept Us in Business."

There's no denying Wingate presented the press with plenty of material. Shortly after his 2001 election, loads of porn was found on his city computer. He denied being the surfer responsible for pulling it up. But shortly thereafter, he was accused of charging pizzas to his city credit card without authorization -- something necessary, presumably, because he was bouncing checks all over town.

By May 2003, he'd lost his stockbroker job, and the council position followed owing to sixteen felony charges and two misdemeanors put forward against him by local prosecutors for offenses that included pawning city equipment.

Among the items apparently hocked was a clock radio belonging to a fellow council member.

Eventually, Wingate resigned, but he apparently felt aggrieved at his mistreatment. The Independent quoted him as saying, "Everyone in the Republican Party can break the rules except me."

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Wingate's home in Colorado Springs.
After pleading guilty to embezzlement of public funds in a deal that led to the other allegations against him being dropped, Wingate faded from the public eye for the better part of a decade. But in May 2013, he returned with a vengeance, after police visited his home, on the 6100 block of Corinth Drive, and were shocked at what they found inside.

As reported at the time by 7News, cops on a welfare check prompted by a neighbor's call discovered Wingate's thirteen-year-old boy alone in the home, which the pair shared with his wife, Sharon Starkey.

Continue for more about the sentencing of former Colorado Springs councilman Charles Wingate, including photos and a video.



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18 comments
zandraiii
zandraiii

Interesting how these NeoCons, family value spouting loons are almost always doing something evil to kids. She was caring for other people's children, exposing the small kids to rat hair, rat and human feces. I'd be looking at how many kids had asthma type issues in day care because of that filthy horrible slug that tried to pass as a mother of anything. Her poor child and the fact he could communicate with officers makes this story even sadder. Had he been worked with he might be doing really well but instead they destroyed him, and crushed his little soul. Dad needs to get his priorities right, that house is a falling down mess, a slum in the middle of a nice neighborhood.

greggor63
greggor63

As a mother, this fat pig, piece of shit, should be locked up forever. Her and her mandingo wannabe. If I could, I would kill them both. Makes me sick.

icemancometh58
icemancometh58

This guy is a walking BS'er ...you know when he's telling a lie ....it's whenever he's talking !!! P.O.S. should be in jail and never hold any office...nothing but a con man and a stupid one at that.

Dean Harris
Dean Harris

Unbelievable, but I don't expect a lot from any any elected official. to quote Bill and many who followed " Mistakes were made."

Shain Bowman
Shain Bowman

How does this happen and he only gets 2 yrs unsupervised probation. .....

SickFreaks
SickFreaks

The really scary thing is that there are tons of scumbags just  like this who are already elected to office.

Felicia McBain
Felicia McBain

An aspiring politician is a piece of shit scumbag?! What a shock!

Skye Cameron
Skye Cameron

My thoughts are with the son. I hope he can be placed in a more suitable home or these parents can get their act together.

Jim Mayes
Jim Mayes

Nasty stuff down in Colorado Springs

Jadababy Jadababy
Jadababy Jadababy

His house would not be a big deal if not for the human child with autism living in it

Stacey Rogers
Stacey Rogers

That isn't a fall; he DOVE! This didn't happen TO him; he deliberately did it all to himself. After all his crimes, why no jail time? What a horrible human being...what a useless justice system.

Matthew Munn
Matthew Munn

"Everyone in the Republican Party can break the rules except for me".

Maria Ortiz Avina
Maria Ortiz Avina

Disgusting man and what kind of woman allows this - disgusting rats ! Misdemeanor charges,?? I suppose that's what a child who can't defend himself is worth on our society .. No jail time for this fat POS And his POS wife who probably Wasn't charged?? Horrible . Makes me sick! Hopefully this child will never have to see these rats again

Charles Buckley
Charles Buckley

Sounds like a pretty standard prison cell. Oh the irony.

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