Scott Dean in search of new trial in child molestation case

Former commissioner's hearing set for June

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A hearing has been scheduled on former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean’s request for a retrial of his conviction for child molestation.

Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean was convicted of molesting his daughter.  FILE/STAFF
Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean was convicted of molesting his daughter.

Dean’s attorney, Pete Theodocion, filed the motion Feb. 23, and the hearing has now been scheduled for 10 a.m. June 15 before Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard Jr.

The motion is based on assertions that the verdict of the jury contradicted the evidence and that Dean “may be able to present newly discovered evidence showing his innocence.”

If Blanchard denies the motion, Dean can appeal that decision, said Assistant District Attorney Parks White.

On Dec. 16, a jury convicted Dean, 42, on two counts of child molestation. In February, Blanchard sentenced Dean to 20 years in prison, followed by 20 years on probation. Based on guidelines from the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, Dean won’t be eligible for parole for 18 years.

The jury found Dean guilty of exposing himself to and inappropriately touching his teen daughter, one of five children he and his wife adopted from Guatemala in 2008. The girl claimed he entered her room at night and touched her. Dean denied the charges when he testified at the trial.

Dean served on the Harlem City Council and more than five years as the city’s mayor before winning a seat to the county commission in July 2008.

He won the July 2010 Re­publican primary in the District 4 commission race despite being accused several weeks earlier of exchanging inappropriate text messages with a married county employee.

Dean then ran unopposed in the November 2010 general election.

He resigned from the commission in February 2011 when he was indicted on the child molestation charges.

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shrimp for breakfast
shrimp for breakfast 05/24/12 - 08:11 am
I don't know

I would like to see a new trial. The first one seemed very hush hush.

boodroe 05/24/12 - 08:45 am
New Evidence

So the judge in Dean's first case left out key evidence wow if this is true the judge should be removed. I think Dean is just sad he is now enjoying the company of men who don't let him be the man and he is now their girlfriend

Cynical old woman
Cynical old woman 05/24/12 - 08:50 am
Quit wasting time and money

Found guilty leave it alone. He's creepy!

realitycheck09 05/24/12 - 03:21 pm
Nothing to See Here

This is just standard operating procedure. You have to file a Motion for New Trial to start the appeals process. A boilerplate motion is just filed within a set time after conviction..then a hearing is had where the motion is denied...then an appeal is filed. Just business as usual.

my.voice 05/24/12 - 03:54 pm
Why don't we identify him as

Why don't we identify him as CHILD MOLESTER SCOTT DEAN rather than FORMER commissioner? Lets identify him for who is is, not who he was.

KittyW923 05/24/12 - 04:17 pm
Done Deal


jmckee22652 05/29/12 - 09:15 am
CC is a joke. Im sure the

CC is a joke. Im sure the jurors had the same mentality the lady does. He looks creepy so hes guilty. No matter if there is enough evidence or if there is even evidence at all to convict him. Im a pretty high strung and aggressive guy but the when I say aggressive I am referring to my will to conquer. In CC court in 2007 and 2004 I was found guilty of battery with no evidence because of my "high strung aggressive behavior". From what I read here in the Chronicle those jurors screwed Mr. Dean by failing to base there decision off the D.A. proving beyond a reasonable doubt hes guilty. People have things backwards. They seem to think when you are charged that means youre guilty. Then when you go to a jury trial the jurors think the defendant is there to prove innocence. Essentially he is but theres no sense in proving innocence if the D.A. cant prove guilt. From what I hear the D.A. did a lousy job. and the rambling stops.

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