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Ex-commissioner Dean pleads not guilty for second time on child molestation charges

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Three people pleaded not guilty to felony charges during an arraignment hearing Friday in Columbia County.

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Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean pleaded not guilty to child molestation charges for a second time.

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.

He was originally indicted on the charges, and he pleaded not guilty to those charges in February.

A Columbia County grand jury re-indicted Dean on Sept. 28 on the same charges, but adjusted dates and the nature of one of the charges, according to court documents.

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.

A trial date has not been set.

An Appling man accused of violently attacking women in three counties also pleaded not guilty at the hearing. Michael Claude Maxwell, 46, of Ray Owens Road, entered the plea to charges of kidnapping with bodily injury and aggravated assault at the hearing in Evans.

Maxwell is accused in attacks and abduction attempts on three women in Richmond, Columbia and Edgefield counties on the night of July 23.

Maxwell is charged in Columbia County with the attack of an Evans woman in her driveway. He followed the 31-year-old to her Blair Street home, blocked her in with his truck and attacked her.

The woman, who suffered numerous injuries in the attack, said Maxwell tried to force her into his truck, beat her and threatened to shoot her for screaming. She eventually got away and locked herself inside her
car. Maxwell left when a neighbor came outside.

Less than an hour earlier, police believe Maxwell attacked a woman in the Augusta Mall parking lot. She, too, fought back and got away.

Police then believe Maxwell went to Edgefield County, where he broke into a home, cut the power and beat a man unconscious before kidnapping the man’s wife. She escaped in Aiken County.

A Martinez man accused of assaulting and robbing an armored truck driver in August pleaded not guilty to armed robbery at the hearing.

A Columbia County grand jury indicted Christopher Wellington Saunders, 28, of Crawford Court, for armed robbery on Sept. 28.

He is accused of hitting an armored truck driver attempting to service at ATM machine at a Martinez bank. Police say he stole a bag of cash and ran away.

Witnesses saw a Ford Explorer, registered to Saunders, leaving a nearby neighborhood. He was arrested Aug. 15.

Saunders is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.

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easy breezy
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easy breezy 10/21/11 - 10:32 pm
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How long are they going to

How long are they going to let this Dean case go on????

my.voice
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my.voice 10/22/11 - 11:42 am
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Why are they arraigning him

Why are they arraigning him yet again? Havent they done this three times now and postponed numerous trial dates?

SouthernChic
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SouthernChic 10/22/11 - 12:43 pm
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I'm hearing that there is

I'm hearing that there is more evidence that wasn't presented before. More evidence probably means they have to indict him on those charges too. That would be my guess. I say let them take their time and get it right. Maybe the DA learned something from the mistakes of the Casey Anthony trial. If you have a weak case, a guilty person may walk free or an innocent person may be falsely charged.
No one benefits from that fiasco.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/22/11 - 03:11 pm
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There is no evidence in the

There is no evidence in the Dean case, there is only testimony. This is a he said, she said case and you just have to pick a side.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/22/11 - 03:25 pm
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I'd think character and past

I'd think character and past behavior would be considered on some level.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/22/11 - 03:30 pm
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Character and past behavior

Character and past behavior can sway a jury, but they are not "evidence" in any meaningful sense of the word. There have been plenty of people of good character who have fallen and committed crimes. There are plenty of sleazy people who have been railroaded and convicted of a crime they did not commit.

What counts most is real evidence; real facts. He-said/she-said testimony without corroborating facts is admissible in court for sure, but its value is questionable.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/22/11 - 03:37 pm
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Understood, LL, and that's

Understood, LL, and that's why I phrased it as I did..."on some level."

But there could be corroborating testimony from the other girls. Obviously the mother is trying to help Scott Dean with that past attempt to get them all together against the judge's instructions.

SouthernChic
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SouthernChic 10/22/11 - 05:53 pm
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LL says-"There is no evidence

LL says-"There is no evidence in the Dean case, there is only testimony"

Be prepared to be surprised. I can't divulge, sorry for the teaser, but in the words of the Dean family- it is what it is. You'll find out soon enough. Just brace yourself.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/22/11 - 06:33 pm
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I'll brace myself, but I

I'll brace myself, but I can't hold my breath for that long. This thing is really dragging out.

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