Child advocate ordered in case

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A Superior Court judge ordered Thursday that the alleged victim in a molestation case against former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean receive a child advocate.

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Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean's arraignment is set for today.   Jim Blaylock/Staff
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Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean's arraignment is set for today.

Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. ordered a Court Appointed Special Advocate attend to the adopted daughter of Dean.

Blanchard said the appointment is a precaution, not meant to insinuate that anything inappropriate has occurred. The advocate will ensure there is no impropriety, including parents or others coaching the girl in the case or otherwise influencing her testimony.

"She is going to be my eyes and ears," Blanchard said of the advocate. "The case should not be discussed with these children."

Dean was indicted on two counts of child molestation Feb. 2. He is accused of having inappropriate contact with one of the five children he and his wife adopted from Guatemala in 2008.

Blanchard denied a request to arraign Dean at the hearing instead of at his scheduled arraignment this afternoon.

Though a term of Dean's bond was that he stay within the Augusta Judicial Circuit, Blanchard gave permission at Thursday's hearing for Dean to move to Athens-Clarke County to take a job as a property manager for a company owned by G.B. Sharma.

A March 15 election, for which five candidates have qualified, will determine Dean's replacement as a county commissioner.

Contact Valerie Rowell at (706) 863-6165 or

Editor's note: The reference to developer G.B. Sharma was temporarily removed from a version of this story when it was called into question. It was restored when the reporter reviewed notes from the hearing in open court.

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Riverman1 02/17/11 - 05:35 pm
Dean is moving out of town?

Dean is moving out of town? Interesting.

About the daughter, what is a problem is that she is living with Mrs. Dean...right? Mrs. Dean supports Scott Dean and has said he has done nothing wrong.... right? So is the daughter telling the mother something and the mother doesn't believe her? If that's the case, and I don't know it is, the daughter shouldn't still be living there. What happens if Dean is convicted and the daughter is living with the mother who didn't support her story? It's all puzzling...and troubling.

happychimer 02/17/11 - 11:21 pm
All I can say right now is

All I can say right now is money talks. I don't trust our justice system.

charliemanson 02/18/11 - 12:05 pm
"Nobody gets justice. People

"Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck."

Orson Welles

mary dits
mary dits 02/18/11 - 01:06 pm
Q: what do scott dean and

Q: what do scott dean and eduard the vampire have in common?
A: they both sparkle in the sun.

terminusmundi 02/18/11 - 01:26 pm
Well, at least Columbia

Well, at least Columbia County makes child rape look classy.

Emerydan 02/18/11 - 03:37 pm
Under no circumstances should

Under no circumstances should Dean be allowed to move out of the area until after the trial. This is just bizarre.

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