Former Columbia County commissioner to face child molestation charges in December

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Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean likely will go to trial in December to face charges of child molestation.

During a calendar call hearing this morning in Evans, Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. agreed to continue the case and slated it to be heard next month during a jury trial.

Assistant District Attorney Parks White and Dean’s defense attorney Pete Theodocion were not present at the hearing to elaborate on the reason for the continuance.

Dean faces two charges of molesting his adopted daughter. She is one of five children Dean and his wife adopted in 2008 from Guatemala. He is accused of exposing himself and inappropriately touching the girl.

Initially indicted on the charges in February, he pled not guilty.

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.

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

Dean pled not guilty again on Oct. 21.

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Discussionstarter
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Discussionstarter 11/14/11 - 12:15 pm
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If there is another delay....

If there is another delay.... we need GBI [or some legal authority] to investigate.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/14/11 - 12:36 pm
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It's pretty hard not to

It's pretty hard not to "expose" yourself in your own home.

augustadog
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augustadog 11/14/11 - 12:55 pm
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Little Lamb, what sre you

Little Lamb, what sre you thinking?????

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/14/11 - 01:09 pm
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LL, Not trying to judge the

LL, Not trying to judge the man but, I think there would be a real difference in an accidental viewing and an overt sexual exposure. I also don't think the grand jury would have indicted without some compelling evidence. If there is nothing to it, he should be chomping at the bit for his day in court. This comment doesn’t sound like you.

drivenslow
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drivenslow 11/14/11 - 01:28 pm
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well a grand jury in thomson
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well a grand jury in thomson didnt indict a police officer for rape because him and the victim exchanged dirty text messages so its not that easy to get an indictment especially against someone as powerful as scott dean was in columbia county.........if they didnt have him dead to to rights it never would have even gotten to a grand jury...and that girl didnt take off to mexico for nothing

drivenslow
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drivenslow 11/14/11 - 01:30 pm
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by the way WHERE IS THE GIRL
Unpublished

by the way WHERE IS THE GIRL THAT FLED TO MEXICO...is she still there wonder why that would be if he was such a great father

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/14/11 - 01:43 pm
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You mean Scott Dean is

You mean Scott Dean is morally suspect? Say it ain't so.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/14/11 - 01:57 pm
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All pending trials are open

All pending trials are open to public speculation. Many have a belief in the guilt of innocence of Dean and express it. You think the DA is ignoring the Constitution in this case? Who would you sue?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/14/11 - 02:28 pm
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Are you suggesting the media,

Are you suggesting the media, Sheriff's Office and the DA are not playing fair with Dean?

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/14/11 - 03:13 pm
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Nissanguy? What would be the

Nissanguy? What would be the motive behind the Sheriff’s office and DA? There would not be have been a grand jury hearing without a complainant and some evidence to back the charges. Appears that law enforcement has gone out of it's way to give Dean a lot of time and leeway in this case.

He should be looking forward to clearing his name if the charges are false. I know that I would.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/14/11 - 03:49 pm
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I think I would look for a

I think I would look for a new horse to race.

macktaylor
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macktaylor 11/14/11 - 04:31 pm
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I think it will finally get

I think it will finally get tried given the defense's speedy trial demand. So therefore no need for the "investigation" requested.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/14/11 - 04:40 pm
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I didn't notice anything in

I didn't notice anything in the story up above about a speedy trial demand. Do you have inside information?

bclicious
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bclicious 11/14/11 - 04:45 pm
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Here's the problem guys: 1.

Here's the problem guys:

1. I wish we all lived in a world in which children always told the truth, and malice or pressure could never be the key factors in a child's accusations.

2. I think we can empathize with the fact that the very nature of this crime shocks the conscience; therefore, we tend to push things forward on the assumption that evidence will reveal itself as the case progresses.

3. We all go on the assumption that in this case, there is an overwhelming amount of evidence stacked against Scott Dean. Did most of you know that all of the evidence to date is testimonial?

Yes, if Scott Dean did it; I hope he fries, but ask yourselves 1 question. Is it possible that he is innocent. If your answer is "no". Ask yourself why are you so quick to dam him?

For your consideration, I provide you with 1 example in which our judicial did in fact get way ahead of itself: Please see next post.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/14/11 - 04:55 pm
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BClicious, how do you feel

BClicious, how do you feel about Dean's past behavior with the county employee married to the soldier?

As far as evidence, you are right, it's only what the daughterS have said.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/14/11 - 04:59 pm
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bclicious, "Ask yourself why

bclicious, "Ask yourself why are you so quick to dam him?" Please quote where that happened...I failed to see it.

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bclicious 11/14/11 - 05:08 pm
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As for Scott Dean's

As for Scott Dean's involvement with a soldier's wife; if he did it, he will pay for it in this life and the next. BUT, he does not deserve to go to prison for infidelity and causing a U.S. Soldier such a terrible heart ache.

bclicious
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bclicious 11/14/11 - 05:09 pm
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Willow Bailey. What I am

Willow Bailey.

What I am referring to is the widely known Court of opinion. Even "IF" Scott Dean is proclaimed 100% innocent in the highest court in Georgia, he is ruined for life. Those who deny this fact are just ignorant.

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bclicious 11/14/11 - 05:11 pm
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So Willow Bailey, what I am

So Willow Bailey, what I am talking about is the attitudes and comments of the vast majority of those in our community.

bclicious
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bclicious 11/14/11 - 05:13 pm
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http://www.historylink.org/in

http://www.historylink.org/index.cfmDisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=7065

Please check the above link to see the story posted below.

Wenatchee Witch Hunt: Child Sex Abuse Trials In Douglas and Chelan Counties

Wenatchee, Washington, got world attention in 1994-1995, when it found itself in the midst of what was characterized as history�s most extensive child sex abuse investigation. Three years later, the investigations had fallen apart amidst accusations of abuses by police and state social workers, and alleged false confessions, badgered child witnesses, and evidence based on the generally discredited recovered memory theory. The cases eventually came to be known as the Wenatchee Witch Hunt.

Sensational Allegations, Questionable Confessions

Sensational allegations included the existence of a group called "The Circle" made up of mothers and fathers trading their children for ritual sex abuse, and black-clad adults in sunglasses holding large scale orgies around Wenatchee.

Forty-three adults were arrested and accused of 29,726 counts of sexually abusing 60 children. Some were released. Eighteen pleaded guilty, mostly on the basis of signed confessions. Ten were convicted at trial. Three were acquitted. Eighteen went to prison.

Many witnesses and defendants later said they were pressured into making false confessions and accusations by caseworkers from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and by Wenatchee Police Department Lieutenant Bob Perez.

bclicious
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bclicious 11/14/11 - 05:19 pm
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Please see the Wenatachee

Please see the Wenatachee Witch Hunt. It is the case I am referring to.

bclicious
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bclicious 11/14/11 - 05:19 pm
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For some reason I cannot post

For some reason I cannot post a direct copy of the story.

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Sargebaby 11/14/11 - 05:24 pm
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Got a suggestion; before we

Got a suggestion; before we "convict" Dean in the "court of public" opinion, let's wait for the trial and see what the true facts are.

bclicious
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bclicious 11/14/11 - 05:31 pm
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Well said Sargebaby.

Well said Sargebaby.

drivenslow
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drivenslow 11/14/11 - 05:31 pm
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and once again where is the
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and once again where is the girl that fled to mexico i have a feeling she might have had parental help disappearing and you folks are something else pedophiles dreams when you say WELL YOU KNOW HOW KIDS MAKE THINGS UP.....once again a man as powerful as dean would not have been indicted in columbia county if it wasnt a slam dunk case and you people know this in columbia county money talks BUT NOT THIS TIME...and as a resident of harlem these stories have been around for awhile

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/14/11 - 06:07 pm
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bclicious, I thought we were

bclicious, I thought we were discussing the conversation taking place online; I wouldn't have a clue as to public discussion, since I have never heard it mentioned nor would I have the interest in bringing it up.

The conversation began regarding the arrest/indictment process. I didn't see one person state his guilt or innocence. Why would we? We have nothing to go on, other than he has been arrested. His day in court should be a relief to him one way or the other.

As to him being ruined, I do want to say, his prior choices didn't coincide with great concern or regard to what others thought of him prior to this incident. So, a little difficult to go down that road, now.

Hopefully, whatever happens, he will allow the experience to change and grow him in ways that would have never happened without his present troubles. I have nothing personal against him and hope that he receives perfect justice. If the courts find him innocent, that is how I will view him. If they find him guilty, he still has an opportunity to turn his life around; it really depends on what he does with it.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/14/11 - 07:47 pm
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There have been excellent

There have been excellent columns written in the CCNT about why it's prefectly natural for the public to have opinions on the guilt of innocence of those arrested. We are not officers of the court. We are the public. No where in jurisprudence is it suggested the public should not voice opinions on those arrested.

At times officials would be amiss if they didn't take immediate action upon such arrests. Think of Penn State. Columbia County took immediate action in this matter with the kids. I believe facts will surface in the trial. That changing of the dates the alleged incidents took place was done for a reason.

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Vito45 11/14/11 - 08:12 pm
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Bclicious inre your 1545

Bclicious inre your 1545 post:

I tend to agree. We have become so hyper-sensitized to child abuse, particularly sexual abuse, that our first reaction is to hang 'em at sundown on the first whiff of impropriety. The court of public opinion has turned these issues into guilty unless proven innocent, and I am as guilty as the rest in doing that for the most part. However, in the back of my mind I do remember those cases where the man is falsely accused in a vindictive action by mom and/or child, and the ramifications are far reaching, even when it is determined they are innocent. People forever look at them in a different way; that tiny little piece of doubt always sitting there saying "I wonder if he REALLY did it and got by with being a child molester?"

Honestly, I would rather be charged and acquitted of murder than charged and acquitted of child molestation. The child molester accusation has far deeper ramifications and connotations. THAT is why I try to give the benefit of the doubt until a judge or jury determines otherwise.

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InChristLove 11/14/11 - 09:54 pm
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Very well spoken Vito45. No

Very well spoken Vito45. No matter what the outcome, this man will always be viewed with suspicion, maybe not by all but by a majority of people.

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Craig Spinks 11/15/11 - 01:11 am
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Please pray for Dean's

Please pray for Dean's children, his wife, his mother Ricki and his father. They're good folks who deserve better.

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