Former Colorado Springs city councilman Charles Wingate pleads guilty to child abuse

COLORADO SPRINGS - Former Colorado Springs city councilman Charles Wingate pleaded guilty to child abuse Monday morning.

In May 2013, a 13-year-old boy was found home alone, wearing no clothes. Police said the house was littered with human feces as well as both live and dead rodents.

Investigators searched the home wearing masks and full-body protective suits.

The boy told police he can't remember ever going outside the home in the 6100 block of Corinth Drive.

Wingate resigned from the Colorado Springs City Council in 2003 while facing a number of felony charges. He pleaded guilty to embezzlement of public funds in a plea bargain. In return, other charges filed against him were dropped.

After the case came to light, Wingate spoke to 7NEWS and disputed the charges.

"I don't think all of it's accurate. There are some rodents in the house; I don't know where they came from. There may be some dead rodents. Feces all over the house? I don't believe that's an accurate statement," he said at the time.

Lee Richards, spokeswoman for the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office, confirmed Monday morning that Wingate pleaded guilty to reckless and knowing child abuse without injury. He was sentenced to 24 months of unsupervised probation.

Print this article Back to Top