Former commissioner to ask for new trial
Former Columbia County commissioner Scott Dean is seeking a retrial on his conviction for child molestation.
A hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. on June 15 before Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard Jr., where the judge will hear a motion for a new trial.
Dean’s attorney, Pete Theodocion, filed the motion on Feb. 23.
Such a motion had to be filed within 30 days of the conviction, Blanchard said.
If Blanchard denies the motion, Dean can appeal that decision, said Assistant District Attorney Parks White.
A jury convicted Dean, 42, on Dec. 16 of two counts of child molestation. In January, 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 came into her room at night and touched her.
Dean denied the charges when he testified at the trial.
The motion for a new trial 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,” according to the motion.
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.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Thief takes an hour
to start stolen car
A man spent more than an hour trying to start a car he stole from a Martinez barber shop early Wednesday.
The owner of Omar’s Barbershop, 3741 Washington Road, told authorities that someone stole his car from the barbershop parking lot. He left the 2007 Ford Mustang in the lot in front of the business at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. When a salesperson arrived to open the business Wednesday morning, the car was missing.
The surveillance video footage showed a man wearing dark pants, a royal blue shirt and work boots carrying a satchel walk onto the lot at about 12:30 a.m. He made his way to the Mustang. The thief got into the car and spent more than an hour inside before getting it started.
Just before 2 a.m., the thief drove the car west on Washington Road.
Store clerk recognizes counterfeit $100 bill
The clerk at a Martinez drug store called authorities Tuesday after she said a man tried to use a $5 bill disguised as a $100 bill.
The 33-year-old clerk said at about 11:30 a.m., a man attempted to use a $100 bill to purchase items at the store on Old Petersburg Road. The clerk recognized the money was a $5 bill with $100 printed on top of it.
The clerk said she wasn’t accepting the money and the man got angry. She handed him the altered bill and he left.
Girl, woman get disturbing messages
A Martinez woman and an Evans juvenile recently told deputies they received disturbing messages from people they didn’t know.
On Tuesday, an Evans man called authorities after his juvenile daughter said she’d gotten three e-mails from someone claiming to be stalking her on Facebook. The sender sent one message claiming he knows where she lives and that he’d been stalking her. In a second message, the sender threatened her if she continued to ignore him, and again said he knew her address.
In a third e-mail, the sender told her, “Do not try and hide from me young lady. I will come for you if you do not respond.”
The girl didn’t respond and told her father.
On Wednesday, a 23-year-old Martinez woman said she received vulgar text messages from someone claiming to have a job for her.
The woman said she got a message from someone on Monday claiming that he heard she needed a job. When she responded “yes,” the sender responded that he had a good job for her and was willing to pay good money.
When the woman asked about the job, the sender said she’d be his assistant answering phones. The sender also said that the woman could do sexual favors for him if she was interested.
The woman said she told the sender never to contact her again.
The woman received another text message Tuesday demanding that she show up for work because she’s under a contract. She didn’t respond.