Last tango for Charles Gale

Charles Gale.

Tango teacher Charles Gale has stopped dancing around with authorities. Yesterday, he pleaded guilty to third-degree misdemeanor assault in a case that involved charges of touching a dance student in a sexual manner. That's a better deal than he'd been offered before -- but then, because of courtroom recording problems, there was also the possibility that Gale would get a new trial, and the prosecution wasn't eager to put its witnesses through that ordeal. Under the plea agreement, Gale won't have to register as a sex offender; his sentencing is scheduled for September 26.

As you might imagine, there's a lot more to the story than that -- and Westword's Luke Turf told it in "Dirty Dancing," an August 2007 feature article. Read it and judge Gale's moves for yourself. -- Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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