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Scott Dean adopted daughter stole, pawned family jewelry, police say

Monday, July 23, 2012 10:31 AM
Last updated Tuesday, July 24, 2012 1:23 AM
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The oldest adopted daughter of former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean, who was convicted of child molestation last year, was in jail Monday on charges of burglary and theft by receiving stolen property.

Marlin Azucena Dean, 19, of Ansley Court in Augusta, was arrested Saturday in Harlem. She is accused of stealing jewelry from her adoptive mother, Renee Meyer Dean.

Renee Dean returned home from a weeklong trip out of town Friday. She told authorities Saturday that jewelry worth about $25,000 was missing from the bedroom of her North Hicks Street home in Harlem, said Harlem Department of Public Safety Director David Sward.

“The investigation revealed that Marlin Dean had actually pawned some of the jewelry at a pawnshop in Augusta,” Sward said.

Sward said authorities are still trying to find the remainder of the missing jewelry, which could have been pawned at other shops.

“We’re still looking,” Sward said. “There are numerous pawnshops in the area, so it is going to take us some time to check them all. Hopefully, we’ll find the majority of it or all of it. That’s our goal, to recover it all.”

Sward said pawnshop employees are required to obtain identification from anyone pawning items. The record keeping is sometimes backlogged but should help find the jewelry if anyone pawned it all.

Scott Dean was convicted in December of molesting another of his adopted daughters. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison in February and denied a new trial in June.

Allegations about Scott Dean came to light when Marlin Dean ran away from home and was later found in Mexico. In a phone conversation with investigators, she said Dean had tried to have sex with her. She later recanted.

She is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/23/12 - 09:56 am
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Where

Perhaps in an update to this story, Ms. Rowell can tell us where 19-year-old Marlin has been residing lately, and with whom. Is she still a resident in Renee's North Hicks Street home, or was she out on her own? Was she babysitting her younger siblings while Renee was travelling?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/23/12 - 09:59 am
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Just Thinking

If she had made it back to Mexico before pawning the stuff, she might still be free.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 07/23/12 - 10:12 am
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The headline has an error,

The headline has an error, AC, an adopted child is not a "step child".

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 07/23/12 - 10:18 am
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Wow

$25,000. Worth of jewelry is a lot of money! So sad to witness the downward spiral of this family.

May God bless them all.

Jeepster2001
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Jeepster2001 07/23/12 - 10:36 am
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Worked with Scott @ Federal
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Worked with Scott @ Federal Paper Board. Still don't believe the verdict against Scott. One thing I do know however, it probably would've been better if they had left the adopted kids in Guatemala.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/23/12 - 11:06 am
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Another Aspect

If Scott Dean had hopes of a new trial, a lot of it hinges on what this girl says. She is the one who took up for him. I doubt she will be saying anything favorable about him or Renee in the future.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 07/23/12 - 11:58 am
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I tell you what

This girl cannot be trusted with her mother's jewlery so how can you trust her under oath when a man's freedom is at stake?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/23/12 - 12:09 pm
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Ooooops

I see it now. Under the photo the caption says Dean lives in Augusta, not with her mother in Harlem.

rocketserve
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rocketserve 07/23/12 - 12:46 pm
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No rumors here...just the facts, at least as much as we know.
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I wonder if since she is in hot water now, will more of the story come out. I always thought it was odd that when she ran away and they figured out where she was, why the family didn't try to go and get her back from Mexico. I know if it were my child, adopted or not, I would go and get them, especially at the age of 15-16. We know now that they had the financial means to do it, I mean with $25k worth of jewelry in the house. One could assume, based on common sense and not rumor, that if she was willing to go rob the person who adopted her and gave her a good life, that there may have been issues as to why she ran away to Mexico at 16.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/23/12 - 01:18 pm
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Rocketserve, that is a very

Rocketserve, that is a very deeply troubled family. Maybe after she went to Mexico they thought it was better she stay, especially if she was in a safe situation.

It's also very hard to get people out of Mexico if they don't want to go. It's not like the US. Maybe they didn't want to compound the problem- teenage girls can be very impulsive and stubborn and they probably didn't want her to run again or marry someone.

And she came back at some point, which is what usually happens if you just sit back and wait.

rocketserve
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rocketserve 07/23/12 - 01:35 pm
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Careful Corgimom
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You don't want to start any "rumor" by assuming that they are a deeply troubled family.

rocketserve
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rocketserve 07/23/12 - 01:38 pm
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To clarify my earlier statement.
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My earlier post was taken down because it was considered "rumor". Here is the "factual" quote and link to a story run by a certain newspaper that basically says the same thing that I did. Thanks.

http://newstimes.augusta.com/latest-news/2011-12-13/victim-testifies-dea...

"...During cross examination, the victim admitted she didn’t get along with Dean’s wife, Renee, and wanted to run away with her sister."

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 07/23/12 - 05:54 pm
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Normal

Most teenaged girls have times when they don't get along with their Moms, especially if the Moms are trying to parent them. My Mother is a great lady, I sometimes cringe at the grief I gave her as a teen. If she wanted to run away, she wouldn't have been the first.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 07/23/12 - 06:14 pm
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Something is fishy about the

Something is fishy about the whole story. Dean's time being served is extreme. People have done much worse and served a fraction of the amount of time.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 07/23/12 - 08:14 pm
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Oh good grief

Did it ever occur to some of you that maybe these girls were just bad news! I mean really! There are bad people in the world do you think they hit 18 and just all of a sudden turn bad? Give me a break. I think these girls were bad from the start and saw a couple of suckers (the Deans). I wouldn't believe a thing out of any of their mouths. I don't care how many of you dislike Scott Dean ( I don't know him from Adam down the street) but I do know this no one at his age just turns into a child molester over night - GIVE ME A BREAK! Let's see how many thumbs down this gets from all the people who have no common sense and can't see the truth a mile away because you dislike Scott Dean so bad. Pull your blinders off and think of this as any other family. Now what could this innocent little Central American girl possibly want with all that money??

allmostgone
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allmostgone 07/23/12 - 08:28 pm
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$25K in jewelery just laying
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$25K in jewelery just laying around the house, come on.
Why do I see Dean being released? If I had that much it would be in my safe. Are you people really falling for this?

allmostgone
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allmostgone 07/23/12 - 08:34 pm
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Funny how Mexicans can just
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Funny how Mexicans can just go back and forth across our boarders anytime they like. OUR BIG BROTHER AT WORK FOR THE AMERICAN TAX PAYERS DON'T YOU THINK?

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 07/23/12 - 10:24 pm
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Oh good grief...

Yes, scoobynews, it has probably occurred to others. I would imagine that the Deans maybe wish that their plane had never touched down in Guatemala (in hind sight), but what do I know?

GaStang22
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GaStang22 07/24/12 - 02:15 am
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Thanks scoobynews
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You saved me a lot of typing!!!

nevertoolate
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nevertoolate 07/24/12 - 05:42 am
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About the $25,000 worth of jewelry...

Don't assume the Dean's purchased this jewelry, it could have been inherited. I have a friend who has beautiful pieces from inheritance. I don't know Scott Dean either, but there were too many changing stories regarding the molestation case for me to be fully convinced of his guilt. But, it wasn't me that needed convincing and I wasn't part of the jury so I didn't hear the whole story.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 07/24/12 - 06:12 am
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I can't imagine adopting a

I can't imagine adopting a child during the teenage years. Good Golly Miss Molly. Had the Dean's ever had children? At least when you raise one from an infant, you have those previous memories and pictures to remind you of who they can be again, one day.

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avidreader 07/24/12 - 08:52 am
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To Fiddle

Nice commentary. The AC merely reports the news; they seldom, if ever analyze the emotions involved. As you said, there are matters in this family that run a lot deeper than what the public knows.

I too hope this family finds its way.

Also, I am beginning to think that maybe Mr. Dean got caught up in a big mess and it's possible he is not deserving of his conviction. But, then again, as @nevertolate states, I wasn't at the trial either and I don't know the whole story.

allhans
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allhans 07/24/12 - 08:54 am
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What we have here is a great

What we have here is a great tragedy.

I would rather just leave it alone.

AlexisDeanRippe
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AlexisDeanRippe 07/24/12 - 10:38 am
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Ugh.

At least if you are talking about my family, we are saving another family from being talked about.

angels3gamer1
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angels3gamer1 07/24/12 - 01:27 pm
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you're are right Scoobynews,

you're are right Scoobynews, people Scott Dean's age don't just turn into child molesters makes you wonder how many other victims he has out there. Just saying

scoobynews
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scoobynews 07/24/12 - 01:45 pm
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angels3gamer1 if they are out

angels3gamer1 if they are out there I would have hoped the trail of the century in Columbia county would have brought them forward. At his age many would be adults I would think by now or worse his own biological children. What about nieces and nephews of the family?? My point exactly it was only one girl who clearly did not want to live in either the US or the Dean household or both! If there are other victims out there then I hope they come forward so spending 20 years in prison will be well worth it considering murders are roaming our streets with less time. Just sayin.

r
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r 07/24/12 - 04:58 pm
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Uncle

I was not in court but I have been told by someone that was that the girls had already but their biological uncle in jail for the same charges ad Dean in there Guatemala. Plus she was caught lying then and now stealing. I am not a Scott Dean fan and at all and figured at the time he was guilty. Now I really hope there was much more proof than the words of these 2 girls to put this man in jail for 20 years. To lie about our father and steal from there mother leaves a lot of doubt.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 07/24/12 - 05:22 pm
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Evidence

I have never met the Deans, but I also hope there was some real evidence other than the stories of these two girls. As the old saying goes, I wouldn't trust them as far as I could spit.

angels3gamer1
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angels3gamer1 07/24/12 - 05:28 pm
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ok, the court system found

ok, the court system found the man gulity. I really doubt it was only the testimony of the two girls. There had to be other evidence that sealed his fate. Also the c.c. court system will not grant him a retrial.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 07/25/12 - 03:01 pm
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All I can say angel is I hope

All I can say angel is I hope if you are ever accused of something by one little pre-teen who had a chip on her shoulder that you come out better than Mr. Dean did.

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