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Juvenile sex allegations possibly part of Dean trial

Posted: December 1, 2011 - 3:42pm  |  Updated: December 1, 2011 - 4:36pm
Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean is led into the courtroom for a hearing in February on charges of child molestation His trial is scheduled to start in December.  Jim Blaylock
Jim Blaylock
Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean is led into the courtroom for a hearing in February on charges of child molestation His trial is scheduled to start in December.

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Prosecutors in the child molestation case against former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean recently filed a notice of their intent to bring up evidence during his trial of similar acts allegedly committed when he was a teen.
Dean faces two charges of molesting his adopted daughter.
According to the Notice of Similar Transaction filed with the Columbia County Clerk of Court office on Monday, prosecutors intend to present evidence that Dean, then 14, molested two girls in West Milford, West Va., in June 1984. Neither case was prosecuted.
Prosecutors also allege that between January and October of last year, Dean criminally attempted to commit incest with the two of his daughters, one who is the victim of the child molestation charges. No charges have been filed in connection to those allegations.

The prosecutor plans to discuss these incidents at Dean’s trial tentatively scheduled for Dec. 12 “for the purpose of showing bent of mind, intent, the lustful nature of the accused, as well as to corroborate the testimony of the victim,” according to the court document.
Dean is accused of exposing himself to his daughter and inappropriately touching the girl, who is one of five children Dean and his wife adopted from Guatemala in 2008.
Initially indicted on the charges in February, he pled not guilty.
A Columbia County grand jury re-indicted Dean on Sept. 28 on the same charges, but adjusted dates and the nature of one of the charges, according to court documents.
The original indictment states the activity occurred between Sept. 1, 2008, to Sept. 11, 2010. The new indictment extends that time period to Oct. 11, 2010.
Dean pled not guilty again on Oct. 21.

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