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Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean's molestation trial scheduled for today

Ex-commissioner faces charge that he molested child

Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 11:23 AM
Last updated Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 1:41 AM
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The trial of a former Columbia County commissioner accused of molesting his adopted daughter is expected to begin today.

Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean arrives at the Columbia County courthouse in February. His trial has been postponed several times.  JIM BLAYLOCK/FILE
JIM BLAYLOCK/FILE
Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean arrives at the Columbia County courthouse in February. His trial has been postponed several times.


Scott Dean, 42, is accused of exposing himself to and inappropriately touching his daughter last year. She is one of five children Dean and his wife adopted in 2008 from Guatemala.

Dean, a former District 4 commissioner, resigned after being indicted on two counts of child molestation in February. He pleaded not guilty.

The case has been listed on Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard Jr.’s calendar several times but was postponed each time. Prosecutors have said continuances are common in complicated or major cases.

Dean, a Harlem High School graduate, served on the Harlem City Council and was the city’s mayor for more than five years before being elected in 2008 to the county commission to fill Lee Anderson’s vacant seat.

Dean was re-elected as the District 4 commissioner in November 2010 despite being accused several months earlier of sending inappropriate text messages to a married county employee.

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

The initial indictment states the activity occurred between Sept. 1, 2008, and Sept. 11, 2010. The new indictment extends that period to Oct. 11, 2010. Dean entered another not guilty plea Oct. 21.

Assistant District Attorney Parks White recently filed a notice of his intent to bring up evidence that Dean committed similar acts in the past. He alleges Dean molested two girls in West Milford, W.Va., in June 1984, when Dean was 14, according to the notice. Those cases were not prosecuted.

The prosecutor also alleges that between January and October of 2010 Dean attempted to commit incest with two of his daughters, one of whom is the alleged victim in the child molestation case. No charges have been filed in connection with those allegations.

Blanchard will decide before the trial whether that information will be presented to the jury.

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happychimer
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happychimer 12/10/11 - 01:54 pm
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On latest updates it says

On latest updates it says trial starts Monday.

rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 12/11/11 - 10:41 am
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If I was going to trial on

If I was going to trial on such charges, I would try to to downplay the pretty boy image a little. It certainly can not help him in this type of case to look like Dapper Don in court.

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raul 12/11/11 - 02:17 pm
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I'm confused. The ADA has

I'm confused. The ADA has filed a notice of intent to introduce the charges that were made when Dean was 14. I would assume the defense would object as irrelevant. If the judge rules that the prior charges are inadmissable, doesn't the jury still know due to the publicity this issue has received and therefore could be used an element for appeal if Dean is convicted?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/11/11 - 02:13 pm
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Raul, in a perfect world, but

Raul, in a perfect world, but it's all about making things come out "right" regardless of the law is probably the truth of the matter. Dean reminds me a lot of Blago, except Blago had better morals. How many years did Blago get?

Next, we need to look at where Dean's campaign contributions went. I know where $2 thousand ended up.

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Willow Bailey 12/11/11 - 05:10 pm
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I really can't think of

I really can't think of anything more publicly humiliating than to be accused of sexually molesting one's own child. I hope the absolute truth will be revealed and that all concerned will have justice and healing in their own lives.

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augusta citizen 12/11/11 - 07:55 pm
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Riverman, I thought I was the

Riverman, I thought I was the only one who looks at Dean and thinks of Blago, LOL, is it the big hair?

BTW, Blago got 14 years.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 12/11/11 - 08:10 pm
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Innocent until proven guilty.

Innocent until proven guilty. Let's not forget that.
Who is his lawyer?

bjphysics
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bjphysics 12/11/11 - 08:19 pm
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My cousin, Vinny.

My cousin, Vinny.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/11/11 - 08:23 pm
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Dixieman, you may know far

Dixieman, you may know far more than I do about the law, but one thing I do know is the public has always expressed its various opinions of the guilt or innocence of those arrested. We are not officers of the court. Nowhere in our judicial system is it said the public can't or shouldn't express opinions. Lawyers get too hung up on the innocent until proven guilty thing because they repeat that fallacious statement so often, they believe it applies to everyone.

If the court doesn't like the public opinions expressed about Dean....tough. Move the trial to Ludowici if they want.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/11/11 - 08:24 pm
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Valerie Rowell wrote: Scott

Valerie Rowell wrote:

Scott Dean, 42, is accused of exposing himself to . . . his daughter last year.

He might walk on that charge.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/11/11 - 08:30 pm
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BJ, about My Cousin Vinny

BJ, about My Cousin Vinny ha.....but remember Vinny knew how long it took to cook grits.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 12/11/11 - 10:15 pm
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I believe Pete Thedocian(sp?)

I believe Pete Thedocian(sp?) is Mr. Dean's Atty. This has drug on for a long time (IMHO) and the public has already convicted him. If he is found guilty I fear for what his life will be like (Casey Anthony...convicted by the public found innocent by a jury). I'm not comparing Mr. Dean to Anthony just the public conviction.

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 12/11/11 - 11:22 pm
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Not that I care to suggest

Not that I care to suggest that this man is or is not guilty but I think that the right to a trial in quick manner is totally being screwed up in this country. it just drags on forever. Also, when it comes to the media, this paper included, the stories are always messed up. We usually only get part of the facts. Just for a moment I would love to do a survey of all the people who have personal insight to any story the Chronical has reported. how often did they get the story right? how many times did the bias approach effect the story? How many times did important facts get left out. Over the past 2 years i have had personal insight to at least 3 stories and on each occassion the paper had it either wrong, left out important information or showed a bias approach to the article. It really makes me wonder when I read the news just how much I can really assume is fact? maybe 60%? 33%?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/11/11 - 11:23 pm
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Scooby, the thing is the

Scooby, the thing is the Chronicle (and it's smaller papers) is the only show in town. They may not get it down right all the time, but it's really the only news gathering organization around here. The electronic media is superficial and doesn't report all the news. So it may not be much, but it's all we have.

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 12/11/11 - 11:58 pm
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That's about the truth of it

That's about the truth of it Riverman! Too bad there is no real competition. Same for talk radio with Austin, :)

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stevejuju007 12/12/11 - 07:40 am
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The media has convicted him

The media has convicted him and many people have just followed blindly behind them. The media tells only the facts. That is the facts they know. When facts are left out the truth is left out.
I don't look to the media for the truth; only for what they know so far.

Clemintime
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Clemintime 12/12/11 - 08:16 am
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What courthouse will this

What courthouse will this trial be held in?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/12/11 - 08:45 am
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I wonder how the county

I wonder how the county employee who was married to the soldier in Iraq feels now?

Will his friend and campaign manager, Mike Sleeper, be a character witness for him? Afterall Dean gave Sleeper thousands of dollars in campaign contributions. Here I was thinking Sleeper and Cross were the rich ones. Explain that one to me? Was it just a way to ensure Dean's campaign contributions weren't "wasted"?

mbnlovebb
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mbnlovebb 12/12/11 - 11:55 am
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The Chronicle never really

The Chronicle never really ever gets the story ever 100% correct or report all of it. Just like any other media outlet they are going to publish what sales. Wish they would do an interview with Mr.Deens wife and older daughter about the case. I bet there is much misunderstanding with the language barriers they were dealing with these kids. For the church and his wife to still stand behind him there has to be more to the story.

happychimer
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happychimer 12/12/11 - 11:59 am
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Some women stand behind their

Some women stand behind their man no matter what he does. As for churches, they will too.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/12/11 - 12:09 pm
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NissanGuy, for the record, I

NissanGuy, for the record, I didn't have your post pulled. I posted a rebuttal that was taken down, too. But, don't you understand it's a perfect right and even a natural thing for members of the public to express their views? This is not the courtroom and we are not officers of the court. You expressed yours and that's fine. Respect others who do the same.

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drivenslow 12/12/11 - 01:04 pm
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one question is the other

Unpublished

one question is the other daughter still in mexico.......ill wager a grand dean and his wife financed that little escape......funny thing about harlem its small and these stories have been swirling around for years before this came about...and i went to school with this fella always a lil strange

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