Scott Dean in search of new trial in child molestation case

Former commissioner's hearing set for June
Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean was convicted of molesting his daughter.

 

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

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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