JEFFERSON COUNTY — An attorney representing a candidate for Jefferson County Clerk says a Class C Misdemeanor Assault charge against his client has been dropped.
In January, a 21-year-old Lamar University student filed a complaint against Bailey Wingate, claiming she was assaulted. Wingate and his attorney have strongly denied the allegation.
Attorney Dustin Galmor represents Bailey Wingate. Galmor released this statement Monday:
"Bailey Wingate, a candidate for County Clerk of Jefferson County, was on January 29th, 2018, falsely accused of a Class C misdemeanor, the equivalent of a traffic ticket. If convicted he could have faced up to a $500 fine.
Although Mr. Wingate was entitled to the presumption of innocence constitutionally guaranteed all Americans, he nevertheless immediately sought to prove his innocence. Mr. Wingate patiently cooperated with all law enforcement officers assigned to the case and even voluntarily submitted to, and passed, two separate polygraph tests. Finally, after a thorough three month investigation, the State of Texas concluded that all charges against Mr. Wingate must be dismissed.
This unfortunate false accusation should remind all of us, especially in the current social and political climate, that we must resist a rush to judgment when we hear an individual’s allegations of this nature. The facts and the motives behind such allegations, whether monetary, political or some other agenda should always be considered.
Bailey Wingate is grateful for all who have stood by him waiting for justice to prevail. He now intends to focus 100% of his time pursuing the privilege to serve his community as the next County Clerk of Jefferson County."
Wingate, a Republican, will face Democratic incumbent County Clerk Carolyn Guidry in the November election.
Special prosecutor Tom Kelley told KFDM News:
"The facts of the case didn't warrant prosecution of a criminal offense. Sometimes, justice is dismissing a case."