UPDATE: Wingate set for March trial in child neglect case

Published: December 17, 2013, 4:15 pm, by Lance Benzel

A former city councilman who says he was wrongly arrested on suspicion of child neglect has been scheduled for trial.

Charles Edwin Wingate will face a jury on March 7. The trial was set earlier this month at a hearing before El Paso County Court Judge Stephen J.

Charles E. Wingate

Charles E. Wingate


Wingate, who resigned from City Council in 2003 after a scandal-plagued two years in office, was arrested in May after police say his son, whom they described as “autistic,” was found living in unsanitary conditions in the family’s home, which contained live and dead rodents.

Wingate disputed the allegations in an interview with The Gazette, telling the newspaper, “My son at all times has been loved and protected and cared for.”

He also denied that his son was autistic, saying his son’s “medical condition” was a private matter.

Also charged with child neglect was Wingate’s wife, Sharon Starkey, who is expected to offer a guilty plea at a Jan. 7 court hearing, records show.