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Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean reindicted on child molestation charges

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A grand jury has reindicted a former Columbia County commissioner on child molestation charges.

Scott Dean faces two charges of molesting his adopted daughter. She is one of five children that Dean and his wife adopted in 2008 from Guatemala.

The investigation revealed information that led to a new indictment on the same charges, but adjusted dates and the nature of one of the charges, according to court documents released Thursday.

Dean pleaded not guilty to those charges in February.

Assistant District Attorney Parks White said Tuesday that he doesn’t expect Dean’s case to go to trial Monday, the sixth time it has been listed on Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard’s trial calendar.

Dean is accused of exposing himself and inappropriately touching the girl.

The original indictment states the activity occurred between Sept. 1, 2008, and Sept. 11, 2010. The new indictment extends that time period to Oct. 11, 2010.

After his original indictment in February, Dean resigned from his position as District 4 commissioner serving Grovetown, Harlem and Appling.

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LBenedict
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LBenedict 09/29/11 - 05:22 pm
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"Assistant District Attorney

"Assistant District Attorney Parks White said on Tuesday that he doesn’t expect Dean’s case to go to trial Monday, the sixth time it has been listed on Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard’s trial calendar."

Why? Dean and his people said in the beginning that he wants his day in court to prove his innocence, and one would think that the prosecution, aka, "the people", wants him convicted ASAP. And then we have that little Sixth Amendment thingy. But, Dean is an establishment-boy whom the media and Party hacks pushed for reelection, and, will probably sing like a canary when the time comes. And then we have to consider what input, if any, those with whom Dean palled around with may have due to the inevitable fallout about to befall them.

If the trial is delayed yet again, then the judge's agenda needs to be questioned. Any lawyer can ask for a delay/continuance...the one in the black robe can, and eventually, must, say NO!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 09/29/11 - 05:30 pm
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Right on LBenedict! Dean,

Right on LBenedict! Dean, his attorney and others think that this 'little' incident will go away if they stall long enough. Must be something there if he has been reindicted. Bring him to trial!

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 09/29/11 - 05:36 pm
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There is new information, and

There is new information, and the prosecution is the party responsible for the "re-indictment". Trust me...Dean has no friends helping him out in this thing...and I will surprised if he doesn't eventually enter a plea...

stovall st
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stovall st 09/29/11 - 06:13 pm
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sick..

sick..

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/29/11 - 06:27 pm
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If it weren't such a

If it weren't such a sickening matter, Riverman would take a bow. And the next time someone tries to arrange a meeting with the girls and Dean against the judge's orders under the guise of counselling, that person should go to jail, too.

Don't discount what Lee Benedict said above. Dean gave Mike Sleeper, his running pal and Ron Cross' son-in-law, thousands of dollars in "campaign contributions" that were reported late in violation of Campaign Ethics Rules. Will Sleeper be called as a witness for Dean?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/29/11 - 06:29 pm
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Yes, obviously, the

Yes, obviously, the prosecution has more information. The date is interesting because that's right before the other daughter ran away.

LBenedict
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LBenedict 09/29/11 - 06:52 pm
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RM, what was the situation

RM, what was the situation regarding the late reporting?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/29/11 - 07:11 pm
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Dean gave Sleeper a couple of

Dean gave Sleeper a couple of thousand dollars for Sleeper's campaign, but didn't report it during the specified time as required. Keep in mind, Sleeper was Dean's campaign manager.

Did anyone notice Sleeper spending anything on his campaign? I didn't. Dean did get some campaign contributions and had to account for the money. One way would be by saying he contributed to another campaign.

Sleeper has commented on the Chronicle before. Maybe he would like to come on here and answer a few questions regarding his relationship with Dean and explain the campaign contributions and finances. I haven't seen ANYONE in the press look into any of that. I'd be willing to listen.

msgret92
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msgret92 09/29/11 - 07:23 pm
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The local press doesn't

The local press doesn't report anything that might be negative on Columbia County unless they have no choice.

LBenedict
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LBenedict 09/29/11 - 07:39 pm
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Sleeper did run unopposed,

Sleeper did run unopposed, but, does he have any campaign debt from a previous race? Regardless of that answer, I see nothing improper with Dean giving Sleeper a campaign contribution as long as it was done properly; Dean reported that he gave Sleeper X dollars on Y, and Sleeper reported receiving X dollars from Dean on Y, maybe Z. If that happened, then fine. I did not request to see their disclosure reports, nor will I, but I would think that Sleeper did things by the book...Dean, I'm not so sure.

That being said, since Mike is on the Columbia County School Board, I wish that he resigned as Campaign Manager a second after he learned of the "sexting", not ride it out until after the primary. But, hindsight is pretty good, and if Mike were asked if he would do anything differently, he may say yes, he may say no. I also wish that Mike was not replaced by a Young Republicans officer. But, it is what it is and in time the people/voters will chime in. I just hope that the Dean children are doing well and without a lifetime of emotional and mental scars from whatever may have or may not have happened.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/29/11 - 08:33 pm
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Lee said, "Sleeper did run

Lee said, "Sleeper did run unopposed, but, does he have any campaign debt from a previous race? Regardless of that answer, I see nothing improper with Dean giving Sleeper a campaign contribution as long as it was done properly; Dean reported that he gave Sleeper X dollars on Y, and Sleeper reported receiving X dollars from Dean on Y, maybe Z. If that happened, then fine. I did not request to see their disclosure reports, nor will I, but I would think that Sleeper did things by the book...Dean, I'm not so sure."

So you think Sleeper had campaign expenses from a previous campaign that he couldn't pay and Dean decided to contribute some of his plentiful contributions to help his buddy out?

It's perfectly reasonable to look at every penny Dean got in contributions and what happened to the money given the way things have turned out.

Hey, if Sleeper wants to come on and explain they had a little campaign "get-together" at a local establishment and that's where the Dean money went, fine. I like to have a good time myself.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/29/11 - 09:17 pm
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Lee said, "That being said,

Lee said, "That being said, since Mike is on the Columbia County School Board, I wish that he resigned as Campaign Manager a second after he learned of the "sexting", not ride it out until after the primary."

Well, Sleeper did do something after Dean's affair with the county employee broke thanks to Scott Hudson. He presented a motion at a BOE meeting that BOE members' text messages and phone records couldn't be released to the media. Heh, heh, heh.

LBenedict
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LBenedict 09/29/11 - 09:42 pm
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Somebody is on a roll

Somebody is on a roll tonight.
I do not know if Mike has campaign debt...we could ask Debbie Marshall for a look at some disclosures.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 09/29/11 - 10:15 pm
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Campaign disclosures are not

Campaign disclosures are not the real issue here. The children and the on-going delays in the trial are the issue. The longer he stalls the more guilty he looks. Most INNOCENT people want to prove their innocence quickly. If it walks like a duck, if it quacks like a duck even if it has BAD hair...it probably is a duck!

hotsaucemom
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hotsaucemom 09/30/11 - 01:29 am
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The DA office is playing the

The DA office is playing the good ole boy system trying to push this case under the rug.The grand jury,in Augusta District Attorney Office, indict and sentence drug cases quickly becauce most accusers are African American.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 09/30/11 - 03:19 am
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OK, first off, this is not

OK, first off, this is not ever an easy case to get a conviction on unless there is hard evidence.

If you don't take your time and prepare the case right, the perp could walk even if guilty. With that said, there is also a chance that things are not always as they seem or told by people. So if they rush in with guns blazing there is a chance that a person could be convicted even if he didn't do the crime.

From what I know about Columbia County's investigators on these matters, they are very good and want to get cases right so justice is done.

I do't know Dean, he was elected long after I left politics in the area, but I do know that he deserves his day in court.

As far as the sexting scandal, that is what brings me to feel that Dean has a darker side or at least one that the lilly white "Christian Conservatives" in CC claim to be against, yet they DID re-elect him even with the fact he was carrying on with a deployed soldier's wife (how low is that?)

I mean as a soldier who has been deployed several times, that will just kill a person. It happened to my Battle Buddy, he was engaged and she fooled around and then left him while we were there. He was devastated and it hurts even more knowing that you are "over there" and they don't respect you enough to just wait.

So that is why I think Dean is a scumbag, he is a "Jody" and all real soldiers hate a Jody.

Yet the good God "a-fearing" flag-waving, yellow ribbon magnet on the SUV, pro-war, pro-life, pro-family conservatives re-elected a Jody during wartime. Gotta love those "family values" Republicans huh?

Sorry for that rant, but soldiers hate a Jody more than anything.

Brad

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 09/30/11 - 07:33 am
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Brad...the party primary was

Brad...the party primary was days away when the "tryst" was discovered...had there been even two or three months notice beforehand, Dean would have had serious competition, I guarantee it.

So what we were left with was a substandard candidate against him, and pre voting that had gone on for WEEKS before the scandal came to light. He still only won by less than 5%...scandal free, it should have been a 75-25 victory.

It would be the equivalent of Charles Walker's indictments coming down and all that is on the ballot against him being Davida Johnson (RIP). (of course she was GOP...but you get the point)

Dean sealed his fate forever with me (this was PRE-criminal indictments!) with his arrogant attitude about winning the primary against his silly little opponent and thinking it was some kind of vindication. Once conservatives in CC knew what was going on (the nookie, not the crimes) , the plan was to elect him, then force him out of office and get a solid replacement.

The criminal charges came out of the blue, much later. He did resign, and a FAR superior replacement was elected in Bill Morris.

The bottom line, Dean's political future was DONE the minute the employee nookie scandal broke, it just took some time to get him gone.

jbartley
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jbartley 09/30/11 - 08:58 am
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Lee,I am sure Scott is giving

Lee,I am sure Scott is giving Info. to the DA on other County officles so he can plead guilty and get sent to a minimum security prision.

jbartley
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jbartley 09/30/11 - 08:58 am
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Lee,I am sure Scott is giving

Lee,I am sure Scott is giving Info. to the DA on other County officles so he can plead guilty and get sent to a minimum security prision.

usklxm72
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usklxm72 09/30/11 - 09:26 am
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First offense child

First offense child molestation charge in GA is 5 years.

TK3
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TK3 09/30/11 - 10:15 am
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God help parents these days

God help parents these days when KIDS can threaten parents with a spite call to Big Brother. I'm willing to bet it happens at least as often as real child abuse.

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slats 09/30/11 - 10:20 am
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Well said Austin. I like the

Well said Austin. I like the way you put the matter out there without taking down a segment of the population like Brad did. Lets face it this is about Dean and Dean alone. Not "lilly white "Christian Conservatives".

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Cassandra Harris 09/30/11 - 11:07 am
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Slats - you're right.

Slats - you're right. Although I understand Brad's concern that Dean is possibly being protected by his money and political ties, this is about HIS behavior, not because of the race, religion or politics of others. It also has nothing to do with his race or politics, people who commit the crimes he is accused of are equal opportunity predators.

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Cassandra Harris 09/30/11 - 11:14 am
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"God help parents these days

"God help parents these days when KIDS can threaten parents with a spite call to Big Brother. I'm willing to bet it happens at least as often as real child abuse."
TK3 that's why they have a trial and look at the evidence. You seem to be insinuating that these children / witnesses are lying when you have no first hand knowledge. If there was not enough evidence to go ahead with a trial, there would have been no indictment, especially of a man with Dean's political clout, connections and wealth.

mudfunk
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mudfunk 09/30/11 - 11:26 am
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Maybe Austin will set Brad

Maybe Austin will set Brad straight on the Knob Hill Issue. Branded many of us as "veteran" haters, when all we did was use patience, remained calm and logically looked at the situation, just as Austin did in this case.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/30/11 - 01:40 pm
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Mudfunk, you want to link the

Mudfunk, you want to link the Knob Hill issue to Scott Dean? Why is that? Personally, if I were the Knob Hill residents I would never want to be considered as arrogant as Scott Dean.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/30/11 - 01:53 pm
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Austin, I heard you say there

Austin, I heard you say there was a plan somewhere to force Dean out after the election, but I never saw any evidence of it being put into action. Dean certainly never hinted he would resign and that was the main part of the plan that was being talked about.

I brought up running him out more than once in the News Times and the comments from other media folks and officials were that nothing could be done.

It appeared Dean had been welcomed back and the talk was all friendly until this latest scandal broke. If he hadn't been arrested, I have no doubt he would still be on the Commission until a decent candidate such as Morris could be found to run against him at the next scheduled election.

His playing with the county employee was not something he would go down alone for. Others knew that and were sweating. They weren't about to go after him. Remember Scott Hudson's reports during that time about others sweating?

mudfunk
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mudfunk 09/30/11 - 02:18 pm
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Ummmm, not really RM1, just

Ummmm, not really RM1, just linking one poster's analysis of another issue to the analysis of this one.

"Yet the good God "a-fearing" flag-waving, yellow ribbon magnet on the SUV, pro-war, pro-life, pro-family conservatives re-elected a Jody during wartime. Gotta love those "family values" Republicans huh?"

Guess Brad left out "Veteran Hating" when describing us co-county hypocrits.

jbartley
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jbartley 09/30/11 - 03:58 pm
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People keep saying Dean's

People keep saying Dean's money is keeping him out of jail, this boy has no money. He was always beaging money from Church's and frends for his adopted children...

LBenedict
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LBenedict 09/30/11 - 04:38 pm
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Regarding the home for the

Regarding the home for the wounded soldier...blown waaaaaay out of proportion. Permission was given for a home to be built, but the builders refused to build it to code/HOA (homeowners association) standards. What's the problem? The anti-veteran nonsense was just that. Some attention-seeking yahoos wanted to make the news, and they did.

Now back to the article's discussion: Yes, it is best to not rush to trial. But when Dean's crew proclaims he is innocent (not guilty, there's a difference), and the DA claims guilt beyond reasonable doubt, there is no reason for the numerous delays, especially announcing a delay on game day. If Ron Cross' little sidekick is so not guilty, get to trial toute d'suite, raise reasonable doubt and/or prove innocence, walk out of there and get on with life. But, look who is counsel for the defense; not good for Scott. BTW, how is poor Scott Dean paying for such a high-priced plea bargain expert?

I see Brad's point regarding Jody. The soldier's wife should be run out of this town and all others in which she may find herself. Scott Dean is just bottom-barrel, and I suspect many knew it before, but now that it is public, many have come out of the closet. The soldier was half a world away, and his wife was carrying on back home with County Commissioner Dean who was gearing up to vote on a pay raise for her and other Columbia County employees. And let's not forget that Columbia county School Board member Mike Sleeper remained Dean's Campaign Manager through the GOP primary. Then, a Young Republican officer took over for Sleeper as Dean Campaign Manager and then Dean family spokesperson. The media just should have reported the facts and refrained from pushing people to elect Dean so that he could resign, especially considering the fact that neither Scott Dean nor his campaign nor the 21-member host committee (remember that sham?) spoke in public of resigning after reelection. In fact, in 2010 I was threatened by Dean's people for speaking the truth and for not supporting Dean and Preston Smith. Oh it'll all come out soon, but not soon enough.

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