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A Springfield man who crashed his car in Nixa on Wednesday is sitting in the Christian County jail on felony drug charges.

According to court records, Charles Luis Padron, 48, is charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.

When cops responded to the one car crash on Old Castle Road in Nixa, a witness told them that they saw the man involved in the crash place a grey bag over a concrete wall.

Christian County prosecutor Ron Cleek says, "that when authorities recovered the bag they found Charles Luis Padron' checkbook, day planner, cell phone and wallet......and 30 grams of a white powdery substance that field tested positive for cocaine." Court records say that Padron told cops that the bag was his.

This isn't Padron's first run in with the law involving cocaine, he has a federal conviction for conspiracy to distribute over a kilo of cocaine.

Padron, who has pleaded not guilty, is being held in the Christian County jail on fifty thousand dollars bond.




Anonymous said...

This man was a professor at a Texas University, not even 5 years ago. He introduced some of his students to cocaine and got them addicted and ruined countless lives in other ways. I am so glad he has gotten what he deserves.

EuphoriaMorning said...

Actually, I was one of his students. I enjoyed speaking with him more than any other professor, often making it a point to go out of my way to speak with him in his office about literature and philosophy (both of which were what he taught). Had it not been for him, I wouldn't be where I am now; he introduced me to some of the most amazing thinkers, and through his teaching inspired me like no other professor, particularly a class he taught on literature and philosophy.

His second lifestyle was something that made itself apparent only in small, subtle ways to his students. Yes, he did cocaine, often to a copious degree. Yes, he often did them with students who were already using. But his addiction was clearly something he had been working on, as he took a significant length of time off with rehabilitation. It was, all things considered, an addiction -- something that very much had a hold on him.

So please keep your judgments to yourself. The same mercy that he needs has already been positively used by yourself and others. I hope his punishment ultimately is rehabilitative, and gets him back to the old self he was, albeit in fragmented ways.

Anonymous said...

I was " gobsmacked" when I saw the article about Charles... He was such a positive person in my life. I dated him, I lived w/ him, I loved him.....& he did nothing but return the same. I never saw him do anything inappropriate around his students;and he seemed to have good relations w/ his students.I know the man. He is harmless.He has a good family upbringing... he has good moral character...he has a good heart... he has good values...he has intelligence...By his actions, these attributes might not be so evident;but they are installed in his nature... The man is worth saving.... he is too much of an asset to be lost in the prison system. It would be a waste a an intelligent soul... The man is more good than bad. I would like to know where exactly he is so that I could keep up w/ his progress & send him letters & monetary gifts... if anyone knows, please contact me thru my e-mail... larden66@gmail.com. Sending good thoughts... Laurie from new orleans

Anonymous said...

His addiction made it difficult to learn anything in his class. He not only did drugs with students that were already addicts, he did get others addicted to drugs, people I knew. He has no moral fiber, I know, I dated him too along with several other students of his. AT THE SAME TIME. I am just glad he wasnt passing around STDs with his free As. We watched movies most of the time when he wasn't too stoned to come to class. I hope this man rots in hell for almost ruining my life. He is a philosophy professor who is also obviously a hedonist. He does what feels good to him at the time no matter who he hurts or what the consequenses may be.

Anonymous said...

I had him as a professor and thought highly of him. He seemed passionate about his work and his students, but some of that certainly now has to come into question. I always suspected some of what's been said here, but there was never any proof. I'm a little saddened to see that some of my suspicions were true.

I'd like to hope he lands on his feet, but reading through this court report, I think it's fair to say he's got a long road ahead of him. Given that the activities described took place only a month after his arrest, and since we're nearly two years removed from this, I'd hope he's started to rehabilitate himself.


Unknown said...

I knew Charles in London and Paris in the late 70's. We discussed philosophy and art. He is a thoroughly good person. He looks completely bewildered on this photograph and I find it inconceivable that he could commit a felonous act. If anyone knows how he is today or his whereabouts, please email me on larachopin@sky.com (Waltraud)

Unknown said...

I knew Dr. Padron well. He was my friend. We shared a friendship with a man named David. Charles had some problems, but in his essence he sweet, thoughtful, and lovely. I hate to see people trashing him. He was a sensitive soul, and life spun out of control. And I love him just the same.