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Scott Dean's daughter recants sex allegation on witness stand

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Scott Dean’s 19-year-old adopted daughter declared Friday during a court hearing that her allegations of child molestation against him were false.

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Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean smiles at his family as he enters the courtroom for a hearing before Judge Jim Blanchard requesting a retrial. Dean was convicted of child molestation of his adopted daughter but she later told a DFACS worker that she lied about her accusations and sent a letter to Scott Dean's attorney stating that she lied.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
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Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean smiles at his family as he enters the courtroom for a hearing before Judge Jim Blanchard requesting a retrial. Dean was convicted of child molestation of his adopted daughter but she later told a DFACS worker that she lied about her accusations and sent a letter to Scott Dean's attorney stating that she lied.


“It was a lie,” Silda Dean said from the stand. “I feel sad. Sometimes I feel bad, too, because he’s innocent.”

The former Columbia County commissioner was accused in October 2010 of inappropriately touching Silda Dean. She said he climbed into her bed and inappropriately touched her on one occasion and exposed himself and propositioned her on another.

He was indicted on two counts of child molestation and convicted in December 2011 and sentenced to 20 years in prison. He’s currently being held in Georgia State Prison in Reidsville, Ga.

On Friday, he was in Evans, petitioning for a new trial.

Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. agreed to take the request under consideration. He’s expected to make a decision as early as a few weeks.

Silda Dean, who was removed from the Dean home and moved into a foster home in late 2010, said she made the allegations because she didn’t like Dean’s wife, Renee. The Deans adopted Silda and her four siblings from Guatemala in September 2008.

Silda Dean told a state Department of Family and Children Services social worker in July 2012 that the allegations were a lie. That social worker testified Friday that she told her supervisor and the issue was discussed with local and state DFCS legal counsels. Nothing was ever done with the information.

“The fact that this information would just be held down is astounding,” Scott Dean’s attorney, Pete Theodocion said.

In January, Silda Dean told Renee Dean that she had made up the allegations. Then she wrote a letter to her adoptive mother and to Theodocion in February, explaining that her previous testimony was a lie and that Dean was not guilty of the charges.

“It was hard for me to say something that wasn’t true,” Silda Dean testified. “I got confused and I didn’t know what to do.”

Blanchard denied a motion for a new trial June 2012 and the Georgia Court of Appeals upheld that decision in May.

“We know it is not easy to come in and get a new trial after the fact,” Theodocion said. “This was not a fair trial. ... It is very rare that we have the opportunity to right a wrong like this.

“A jury has the right to know. A jury has the right to know the full story.”

Theodocion said the request for a new trial meets the six requirements to have one granted based on new evidence.

Assistant District Attorney Madonna Little argued and cited case law that a victim’s recantation is not cause for a new trial. And any new evidence coming forward cannot be to impeach a witness post-trial.

Dean’s wife said she’s not happy with the result of the hearing, but that she’s proud of her daughter who “held her head high and told the truth.”

“Of course, we’re disappointed it wasn’t an immediate exoneration,” Renee Dean said. “But it’s hopeful.”

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/05/13 - 08:34 am
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You do not ask the government to come into your home. Rule 1

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You do not ask the government to come into your home. Rule 1

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/05/13 - 08:35 am
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You do not ask the government to come into your home. Rule 1

Unpublished

You do not ask the government to come into your home. Rule 1

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/05/13 - 08:35 am
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You do not ask the government to come into your home. Rule 1

Unpublished

You do not ask the government to come into your home. Rule 1

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/05/13 - 09:18 am
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Reasonable doubt

I see it all over this case....give it another try or set him free.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 10/05/13 - 11:36 am
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Regarding DFCS

You never ever want to be on their radar unless you're the one doing the reporting on behalf of an endangered child.

About the only way you can shake free is to move to another state, change your name and get a new social security number.

And be advised, with the tyranny of ObaminationCare upon us, they are going to get a lot more power and authority to intrude on the lives on the noncompliant--for the children of course.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 10/05/13 - 12:36 pm
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I am now afraid

Of our entire govt! From the city to the county to the state to the federal govt!

Young Fred
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Young Fred 10/05/13 - 01:20 pm
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nocnoc

Thank you for that eye-opening account of real life in our country. I don't know if it has bearing on this case, but it DANG SURE has bearing on our lives as citizens!!!

THIS IS REALITY folks!!! This is par for course in the supposed most free country on the face of this earth.

Do you see a problem with this picture?!

I'm sure there are a few gov't workers reading this and seething in their panties, because “we're just trying to do good”.

The problem is, you've been conditioned not to understand the faults, and to only look at the supposed gains.

In the meantime, citizens lose a little more of their soul, and the state gains a little more power.

Do you see a pattern here?

willie Lee
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willie Lee 10/05/13 - 01:47 pm
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What a shame!

Unpublished

The DA’s office is supposed to seek justice but instead you get goons there which are no better than the corrupt law enforcement in Georgia and South Carolina. The attorneys on staff and the DA herself are in those positions because they could not hack it in the real world. They take this inability to be successful in the private sector and take it out on all defendants that pass through the portal. They have no concern of guilt or innocence but only a verdict that makes them feel good. I guess this is from the low self esteem they have from being a bureaucrat that lives off the public dime. Dean has now had all the evidence against him recanted and the DA should take a stand and have the charges dismissed, instead she tries to preserve her victory by keeping and innocent man in jail. Ms. Wright, have you no shame!

Young Fred
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Young Fred 10/05/13 - 02:09 pm
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On this particular case

I'm not quite willing to cry "foul"; I'm a little afraid it might be like crying "wolf". But hey, proof is proof, right? Either you have it or you don't!!

I pray justice is served!

Young Fred
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Young Fred 10/05/13 - 02:49 pm
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...

never mind - beep

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Lakeside95 10/05/13 - 02:36 pm
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ADA

The ADA admitted in court, when a file gets closed it should stay closed. She had quite a list of cases that should prove that no matter who recants a statement (witness or victim) it doesn't really matter.

They aren't looking for justice or the truth. They want files closed.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 10/05/13 - 02:52 pm
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closed files -

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Sounds like we're letting people have control over certain parts of our lives?>

Dixieman
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Dixieman 10/05/13 - 03:36 pm
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Everyone's an expert...

...on the legal standard for new trials, how to run a state agency, psychology of adolescent females, why witnesses recant, etc. etc. etc. Dixieman sez wait for the judge's opinion -- these issues can't be resolved unless you sit through the whole hearing and see all the evidence.

The Doc
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The Doc 10/05/13 - 03:44 pm
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Corruption

This man's life is ruined. How is it that people commit Criminal Defamation on a regular basis, particularly in Columbia County in family law type cases, and get away Scott free without any consequences? It is a greedy profit motivated system with no compassion that lays waste to families as a matter of routine business. In Scott Dean's case I suspect he was somehow at the short end of the good ol boy political system in Columbia County and paid a very heavy price. Couple that with the career advancement the prosecutor may have enjoyed by getting a high profile notch in their belt and Dean didn't stand a chance. This is prosecutable misconduct.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 10/05/13 - 05:20 pm
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From friends and foes

He was arrogant - throw him under the bus - for being arrogant ? I don't know this guy, but in little towns their favorite pastime is gossip - and they will throw you under the bus in a heartbeat - thank God - he has friends and family that will stand up for him! I pray I'm never in a position that I have to use my, and my parents hard earned money to defend myself

Pops
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Pops 10/05/13 - 06:26 pm
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Is this the same daughter

that sold the stolen goods to the business in Martinez?? Just wondering.

Stunned 2
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Stunned 2 10/05/13 - 06:50 pm
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Deport her

I hope that she can be deported - for lying to our Judicial system and the costs to hard working American taxpayers for her damaging lies.

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Lakeside95 10/05/13 - 08:00 pm
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It would be difficult to

It would be difficult to deport an American citizen.

We know who is at fault. The child went to DFAVS in July 2012 to admit she lied on the stand. Yet in October of 2013 we are just hearing this information. As Brenda Neal from DFACS said, 'I told my supervisor. I told the DFACS lawyer'. DFACS should be held in contempt for lying to the court.

Scott needs a new trial. He needs a trial without the media bias. He needs his life back.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 10/05/13 - 09:58 pm
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Pops

No...different daughter. If 20/20 got this case with its continuous screw-ups on air DEFACS and our local courts would be the new laughingstock of the South. Wondering how long before THE Judge rules?

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 10/05/13 - 11:19 pm
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Railroaded?

I had that feeling in 2011. All the evidence was testimonial. There was more solid evidence against O.J. Simpson and he was acquitted.

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Lakeside95 10/06/13 - 01:47 am
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Before we begin faulting the

Before we begin faulting the children in this case let me remind y'all they were from an abusive and neglectful home in Guatamala. They were then placed in an orphanage, which is where Scott met them.

While this case was started by false statements made by Dean's adoptive children, he does not fault them and blames the injustice on a legal system that is geared towards guilty until proven innocent.

Had these allegations actually been investigated, had there been child psychiatrists and experts on the issues faced by adoptive families- Scott wouldn't be in prison.

Had the case been left in juvenile court, the truth would have been discovered and a family would be intact.

Had DFACS told the court in July 2012 about the victims admission that she lied about the abuse...Scott wouldn't be in prison.

The adults charged with protecting children failed at every level.

Darby
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Darby 10/06/13 - 11:50 am
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Unless someone can prove that she's lying now,

not lying back then, he needs to be released.

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Lakeside95 10/07/13 - 12:36 am
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Its Time

Its time for all the people that believe Scott has not received a fair trial to speak up. Judge Blanchard has the power to order a new trial.

We arent asking for Scott to be released from jail, we are merely asking for a new trial so that a jury can here the truth and then make an informed decision.

I wonder what those jurors are thinking now that they realize they were lied to?

I wonder how the DFACS caseworker, supervisor, legal councel and others sleep at night knowing they knew the truth for over a year and did nothing...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/07/13 - 12:21 pm
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Let him go

I'm with Riverman. Don't bother with a new trial. Instead, release him now, letting time served be the only penalty, no probation.

I was upset by the tricks that the ADA played on Melin Dean (the older sister of Silda) when she was on the witness stand. The ADA tricked her into what seemed an innocent statement, but it opened the door to allow District Attorney Ashley Wright to take the stand and testify to some hearsay evidence. It was unfair. That action alone should justify a new trial.

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