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Dean gets 20-year sentence, 20 years probation for sex crimes

Posted: January 25, 2012 - 1:03am  |  Updated: January 27, 2012 - 4:33pm
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Scott Dean is brought into the courtroom Friday morning for sentencing.  Jim Blaylock
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Scott Dean is brought into the courtroom Friday morning for sentencing.

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A former Columbia County commissioner convicted of child molestation was sentenced to prison Friday morning.

Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. ordered Scott Dean to serve 20 years in prison followed by 20 years of probation during a sentencing hearing in Evans.

“In my mind, he should be treated no differently than anyone else convicted of a similar crime,” said Blanchard.

A jury convicted Dean, 42, on Dec. 16 of two counts of child molestation. Each count carried a state-mandated sentence of five to 20 years.

Dean’s attorney, Pete Theodocion, argued during the hearing that as a first offender Dean should have received a lighter sentence. Based on guidelines from the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, Dean won’t be eligible for parole for 18 years.

After sentencing, Dean was returned to the Columbia County Detention Center where he had been held since his conviction.

The Columbia County jury found Dean guilty of exposing himself to and inappropriately touching his daughter, one of five children Dean and his wife adopted from Guatemala in 2008. The girl, now 17, claimed he came into her room at night and touched her.

Dean denied the charges when he testified at the trial.

He 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.

Dean 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. He then ran unopposed in the November 2010 general election.

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

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Comments (10)

Little Lamb

Pet Peeve

I really don't think using a police mug shot is proper journalism for this type of story. The News-Times has its own file photos they should have chosen from.

To me, the proper use of a police mug shot is to protect the public if there is a dangerous suspect or fugitive on the loose.

Little Lamb

New Photos

Hey, thanks for replacing the mug shot with shots from the sentencing hearing.

Riverman1

Time to Heal

It's time for us to heal now. Those of us who pointed out Dean's character should rest now and those who protected him should admit their mistake and thank those who stepped up.

jbartley

Maybe Scott Dean can be James

Maybe Scott Dean can be James Paschal’s cell mate another child molester from Columbia co. doing 30 years in the Wilcox State prison.

msgret92

James Paschal?

Who is James Paschal? I don't remember hearing about his case. I searched the News Times and Chronicle and can't find anything about him.

jbartley

Msgre92 Go to Columbia Co Web

Msgre92 Go to Columbia Co
Web page criminal charges link,you will find it there
Or GA. Prison search.

thearkeeper

lenient sentence

Scott Dean got a real deal for the crimes commited, as I suspected he would. Still, having a friend who was convicted on 2 counts of merely TOUCHING a young lady who was not even a minor child resulted in a 25 YR SENTENCE WITH NO POSSIBILITY FOR PAROLE!!!!!!!!!!! He is unable to get his attorney to call him- write him- or tell him anything about the status if his case. Guess who his attorney is? Yup- You got it. P. Theodician. My friends case was NOT a high profile attention getter case. We are unable to get any movement at all in is case- it is as though he will die in prison while others are given far more reasonable sentences. I am in disbelief at the injustice of how the system has treated my friend while I see things such as the Scott Dean case.

Riverman1

About These Cases

There's is a Columbia County native who is an attorney now living in Milledgeville. He recently won a big case similar to Dean's where the guy could have gotten an even longer sentence. I asked him why he won the case. He gave the jury all the credit. He said in these type cases, the jury is the most important thing because they are able to observe the character of all the witnesses carefully and come up with the appropriate verdict.

Riverman1

About These Type Cases

I know a Columbia County native who is now an attorney not too far from here. He recently won a big case similar to Dean's. The defendant could have received an even longer sentence, but he was found not guilty. I asked the attorney about the case and he gave all the credit to the jury. He says a jury can judge the charater of the defendant and witnesses in these type cases and that's the most important factor.

Donaldson90

it was terrible enough when i

it was terrible enough when i started reading,
but when i read "his daughter"!!
How come?!
and thearkeeper i think that friend you are talking about shouldn't have touched the young lady without her permission.

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