Dean released on $50,000 bond

Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean, who faces two charges of child molestation, cannot be around anyone under age 18, except his three sons.

Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean was jailed and released Friday after posting a $50,000 property bond on two charges of child molestation.


Dean appeared in court with members of his family, including his wife, Renee.

Appearing before Superior Court Judge Jim Blanchard just hours after he was booked into the Columbia County Detention Center, Dean was ordered not to be in the presence of anyone younger than 18 other than his male children.

He will still be allowed to see his three sons, but will not be allowed to have contact with his four daughters -- one who is the alleged victim and another who is a runaway believed to be in Mexico.

Dean surrendered his passport during the hearing at the Columbia County Justice Center in Evans, and Blanchard ordered him to remain in Columbia, Richmond and Burke counties.

Dean was indicted Wednesday by a Columbia County grand jury on two counts of child molestation. Five of the Dean children had been adopted from Guatemala.

Dean resigned from the county commission shortly after the indictment, and a March 15 election has been set for District 4 to select his replacement.

He is on leave from his job as an inspector for the Georgia Department of Agriculture.