Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 10, 2012

Former Princeton police officer sentenced to five years probation on solicitation of bribery charge

Staff Writer
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON —  Former Princeton Police Officer Christopher Winkler, 27, of Princeton, was sentenced this morning to five years probation with an additional six months of home confinement on a solicitation of bribery charge.

Winkler previously entered a plea agreement that drops a charge of attempted sexual abuse by a custodian or guardian charges against him. He was sentenced on the bribery charge by Mercer County Circuit Court Judge William Sadler.

Winkler was charged in March 2011 with attempted sexual abuse of a minor by a custodian or guardian and solicitation of bribery.

The charges were filed after an incident that occurred March 1, 2011 in a parking lot near the intersection of Route 20 and Route 104 in the Princeton city limits. In a criminal complaint filed by the West Virginia State Police, Winkler allegedly “attempted to negotiate sexual favors” from a 17-year-old male subject.

For more details on the sentencing hearing see Tuesday’s edition of the Daily Telegraph.