Jefferson County Clerk candidate accused of assault
A criminal complaint has been filed against the Republican candidate for Jefferson County clerk.
Bailey Wingate is accused of Class “C” assault.
A 21-year-old female Lamar University student filed the complaint against the 35-year-old Wingate with the Jefferson County Precinct 4’s Justice of the Peace office Monday.
Sources tell us the incident took place at Wingate’s home on Griffith Road.
The Precinct 4 Court administrator Lynette Hensley told us, “A complaint has been filed, it’s an ongoing investigation.” Hensley said the case will be sent to the District Attorney’s Office.
Wingate is challenging incumbent Democratic county clerk Carolyn Guidry in November’s general election.
Dustin Galmor, Wingate's attorney, released a statement to KFDM/FOX 4 declaring Wingate's innocence. He said "this false allegation jeopardizes (Wingate's) dream to serve his community."
Here is the statement in its entirety:
Bailey Wingate is a current candidate for the office of County Clerk of Jefferson County, Texas. As a seventh generation resident of Jefferson County, he graduated from Hamshire-Fannett High School in 2001 and received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Lamar University in 2012. He received his law degree from Texas Southern in 2014 and chose Jefferson County to begin his practice in law.
Bailey Wingate is a Member of the Jefferson County Bar Association, the Texas Young Lawyers Association, the Michelle F. Mehaffy American Inn of Courts, the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, the Southeast Texas Young Professionals Organization and the Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce. He is also Chair for the Jefferson County Republican Party for Precinct 30.
Throughout Mr. Wingate’s life he has focused on giving back to his community. He is a sponsor for the Save Our Children program, the Gift of Life’s program, the American Cancer Society, the Garth House and the Boy’s Haven. He recently received the Southeast Texas 40 under 40 Professional Award presented by US Congressman Randy Weber.
Bailey Wingate is facing a Class C Misdemeanor in a Justice of the Peace Court, essentially the equivalent of a traffic ticket. Texas law allows any person to file a Class C Misdemeanor against another person without any proof at all. Bailey Wingate is absolutely innocent and this false allegation jeopardizes his dream to serve his community as County Clerk of Jefferson County. In order to prove his innocence, he submitted to a polygraph examination which negated him of any wrongdoing. Mr. Wingate’s focus now is to clear his name.
Bailey Wingate is represented by Dustin Galmor of Galmor, Stovall & Gilthorpe Law Firm in Beaumont, Texas.
According to Galmor, the polygraph test was administered by Houston polygraph operator John Swartz, but we don't know what questions he asked Wingate.
We're also waiting to hear from the Jefferson County Republican Party.