Tango teacher Charles Gale gets a pat on the wrist

Charles Gale.

Charles Gale, a tango instructor whose teaching methods crossed a slew of lines detailed in the 2007 Westword feature article "Dirty Dancing," received a light sentence after pleading guilty to third-degree misdemeanor assault: nine months of probation. Moreover, he doesn't have to register as a sex offender.

Why did Gale rate such a great deal? As pointed out in this September 5 blog, problems with courtroom recordings made prosecutors fear that if Gale appealed, he might win a new trial. Rather than risk such an outcome, they allowed him to plead to a lesser charge. For that reason, he's having to face less music than he might have otherwise. -- 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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