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Prosecutors hope to use two previous incidents against Scott Dean in molestation case

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Prosecutors in the child molestation case against former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean have filed a notice of their intent to bring up evidence at his trial of similar acts allegedly committed, including two when he was a teenager.

Dean faces two charges of molesting his adopted daughter.

According to the Notice of Similar Transaction filed Monday at the Columbia County Clerk of Court office, prosecutors intend to present evidence that in June 1984, Dean, then 14, molested two girls in West Milford, W.Va. Neither case was prosecuted.

Prosecutors also allege that between January and October of last year, Dean criminally attempted to commit incest with two of his daughters, one of whom is the victim in the child molestation case. No charges have been filed in connection with those allegations.

The prosecutor plans to discuss these incidents at Dean’s trial, tentatively scheduled for Dec. 12, “for the purpose of showing bent of mind, intent, the lustful nature of the accused, as well as to corroborate the testimony of the victim,” according to the court document.

Dean is accused of exposing himself to and inappropriately touching his daughter, who is one of five children Dean and his wife adopted in 2008 from Guatemala.

Initially indicted on the charges in February, he pleaded 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, and Sept. 11, 2010. The new indictment extends that period to Oct. 11, 2010. Dean pleaded not guilty again on Oct. 21.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/01/11 - 04:30 pm
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We really need to start

We really need to start looking at all his dealings closer. His past campaigns, campaign donations he made and his relationship with the married county employee. Phone records that he managed to keep private in the past. The attempted get together with the daughter, Renee, his wife and the counselor. This thing is on another level now.

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rmajor 12/01/11 - 04:45 pm
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You know, the world is

You know, the world is getting so sick. You used to think of adoption as a wonderful, thing. People who love children so much that even though they can't have their own, they are willing to give love to children who are less fortunate. However, more and more, just like with the Penn State Coach, and others I have read about, a lot of these people are perverts, pretending to want to help the less fortunate, and they abuse them for their own sadistic, pleasure. It is just unbelievable! It's almost like saying it's ok to murder someone who is homeless, because no one cares anyway. Just sick, sick...world.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 12/01/11 - 05:16 pm
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The case gets postponed and

The case gets postponed and postponed. Meanwhile he walks the streets. An innocent man would be screaming and demanding a speedy trial to prove his innocence. Pls. Note I went out of my way not to comment about his hair.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/01/11 - 06:39 pm
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The horrific nature of the

The horrific nature of the crimes aside, no one wanted to get involved in this. There had to be substantive evidence to take the matter forward. Bet on that. As far as Dean's past behavior...geez. where do you start? I hope the county employee has to testify.

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InChristLove 12/01/11 - 06:39 pm
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I have no clue if this man is

I have no clue if this man is guilty or innocent but seems like a lot of puffing up and nothing that seems substantial. They want to bring up a case when he was 14.....14 and says he molested two girls. They don't give the girls age or anything other than it wasn't prosecuted. Were the girls his age and this was a case of young pre-teens exploring or were these girls younger than him.....just seems like a lot of stuff thrown out there but no hard facts. I wish they would just take it to trial and lay everything they have out on the line, prove it and punish the man or not prove it and be done with it. Either way this mans life is ruined....because he's guilty or because of all the lies.

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TK3 12/01/11 - 07:36 pm
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Have to agree with

Have to agree with InChristLove comment.

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sugarbutton 12/01/11 - 09:22 pm
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I think this entire situation

I think this entire situation is sad, because so much has been already clearly decided by much of the public. Please, allow me to say that there are so many of us out here that take in other children who totally love them and are devoted to taking care of them as normal parents. Everyone's idea of normal is different, but the real story is known by the person accused, the person claiming it to be so and God. I only know the family in a good perspective and only recently met the grandmother (I already knew Mr. Deans mother and father) and his wife and 3 of his children in their restaurant. Their were a few people I didn't know but it was a very comfortable and pleasant atmosphere. We can all pass judgement but what do we really know about others? I concern myself with these children more than anything, but from all I have seen in person, they love these children. I've known other politicians who have had many accusations made about them and some have gone down because of it; when others have gone on with life unscathed. You never know what to really believe unless you are there. At the end of our lives it's all taken care of.

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Riverman1 12/01/11 - 11:21 pm
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Nissanguy08 said, "@Riverman:

Nissanguy08 said, "@Riverman: we've already been down this road, but you obviously have tons of faith in the justice system if you think there must be some compelling evidence in order to get warrants and indictments. this man will be convicted no matter what at this point. they have made sure of that by plastering his mug all over the news. court of public opinion is what's used when the case is weak."

Who do you think "THEY" are? Why do you think "THEY" are out to get Dean? Is it those on the Grand Jury who had the evidence presented to them by the DA?

Do you think Dean's past in WV and here with the county employee have any bearing on the case? We all have the right to express our opinions and usually those charged with sexual abuse of children are met with harsh words. I see you are not leaning that way. Good for you.

But I also feel very good about myself slamming Dean. Good for me.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/02/11 - 07:26 am
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Ever heard of eye witness

Ever heard of eye witness accounts? DA asks what happened and Joe says he saw the defendant shoot Bill.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/02/11 - 07:29 am
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Scott Hudson deserves a lot

Scott Hudson deserves a lot of credit for bringing the spotlight on Dean previously for the episode with the county employee, soldier in Iraq's wife.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/02/11 - 07:50 am
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NissanGuy, you just don't get

NissanGuy, you just don't get this.

How about, "Is that the man who shot you, Mr. Smith?"

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Riverman1 12/02/11 - 07:51 am
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I don't know the official

I don't know the official definition of sexual predator, but if Dean ain't one, I hope I never see one.

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shrimp for breakfast 12/02/11 - 09:34 am
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Man Riverman you are on FIRE

Man Riverman you are on FIRE this morning! lol SeenitB4 says you've had too much black coffee!

Have they decided when this case is going to trial?

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