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Dean could be sentenced Jan. 27

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 5:32 PM
Last updated 9:11 PM
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A former Columbia County commissioner convicted last month of molesting his adopted daughter will likely be sentenced Jan. 27.

A jury found Scott Dean, 42, guilty of two counts of child molestation on Dec. 16. After the verdict was announced, his attorney requested that Dean be sentenced at a later time.

Dean faces 5 to 20 years for each count, Assistant District Attorney Parks White said.

White said Tuesday that he expects Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. to sentence Dean the week of Jan. 23. Blanchard is already expected to hold sentencing hearings on Jan. 27.

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

 Several people testified during the trial as to why the girl might make up such allegations. But the girl stood by her story, which Dean denied from the stand.

 Dean served on the Harlem City Council and more than five years as the city’s mayor before being elected to the county commission in July 2008 to fill the seat vacated by Lee Anderson.

 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.

 He resigned from the position in February, when he was indicted on the child molestation charges.

 Reach Valerie Rowell at (706) 868-1222 or valerie.rowell@augustachronicle.com

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Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 01/10/12 - 08:24 pm
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Good bye, Mr. Dean....! Hope

Good bye, Mr. Dean....! Hope he finds a new hair stylist while he's behind bars.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/10/12 - 08:54 pm
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It will be interesting to see

It will be interesting to see if Dean displays contrition and apologizes to his daughter before the judge lowers the gavel.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/10/12 - 09:00 pm
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River, what's going to be

River, what's going to be more interesting is the sentence that he receives. Wow, he's got to be tense.

my.voice
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my.voice 01/11/12 - 08:04 am
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This destroys a whole family

This destroys a whole family over the actions of one person. There sure are a lot of pieces left over to be picked up.

GaOldCompass
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GaOldCompass 01/11/12 - 08:48 am
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When lives are altered,

When lives are altered, especially children, its easy to say throw away the key, bread and water only, no priviledges, and the like toward the convicted. But we need to remember that Dean has family and friends that love him. Many of us will face a similar predicament and then we will see first hand the anguish of the situation.
Now would be a good time to pray.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/11/12 - 10:01 am
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@GaOldCompass, You are right

@GaOldCompass, You are right about the praying, but it is more important for Dean to pray for himself, then it is for others to pray for him.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 01/11/12 - 01:05 pm
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Yes, Willow, that man has a

Yes, Willow, that man has a LOT of praying to be done. From the online posts I read his wife is still supporting his innocence. Not sure I would feel that way AT ALL!

mll
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mll 01/11/12 - 09:38 pm
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What will be interesting to

What will be interesting to see is the reactions of local folks when the transcripts of the Dean trial are made public & they realize that this man was convicted without tangible evidence, just the word of a defensive child. That the prosecution was allowed to present all of their case yet the defense was not. All of the fathers & step-fathers in Col. Co. may want to plan ahead & save back some money for future attorney costs when they realize all that is needed for them to be in the same situation is to make their daughters, step-daughters mad enough to say "He exposed himself either by accident or on purpose & he touched me". That's all it takes-her word against yours & you're done, in jail, convicted. Will it be when you turn her down for using the car, refusing to let her go somewhere, not allow her to date an older boy, not allow her to drink, what will it take to make her mad enough to get even? Or will it be when you punish her & take away her cell phone, or computer-will she be mad enough then? The power that female teenagers have is awesome!

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 01/12/12 - 05:29 pm
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mll....come on! DEFACS would

mll....come on! DEFACS would not have pursued this case against a public figure if there wasn't STRONG evidence, two grand juries wouldn't have convicted him without STRONG evidence, and the jury wouldn't have convicted him unless there was no shadow of a doubt that he was guilty. Too much info for me to believe one man's word. And the fact that his family financially enticed and rewarded the oldest daughter to return made it look even worse. Sure don't want Dean around my daughters!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/12/12 - 05:40 pm
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It's disheartening to see

It's disheartening to see attacks on the daughter still being made.

mll
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mll 01/12/12 - 06:39 pm
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No one is attacking the

No one is attacking the daughters-both are children. Yes, DEFACS would have pursued this case regardless of evidence, it's happened many times. The grand jury indicts without strong evidence all the time, depending upon the DA to make a case if there is one. And the jury can only react upon the evidence that is presented to them, if evidence is withheld they cannot factor in that evidence. The family only sent enough money for the first child to eat & seek medical attention. That's the problem, all facts were not brought out in this case & it's apparent to me that the reason this case went so far was due to his political position & the obvious bias in many areas. That unfortunately happens more times than most people are aware of.

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