Court rejects Scott Dean's argument of an unfair conviction

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email
Scott Dean (WRDW-TV)

Scott Dean (WRDW-TV)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- The court has rejected former Columbia County Commissioner and Harlem Mayor Scott Dean's argument that he was unfairly convicted.

The Georgia Court of Appeals has upheld his conviction.

"[Dean] contends that the trial court erred by allowing the introduction of similar transaction evidence and by denying his request to impeach the victim with a specific prior bad act," according to the Georgia Court of Appeals' statement.

In 2011, Dean was found guilty of exposing himself to the teenage accuser and was also found guilty on another count of touching his teenage daughter.

His now 18-year-old daughter is one of five children that Dean and his wife adopted.

In March, Renee Dean confirmed her adopted daughter recanted her allegation of sexual assault against Dean.

News 12 was told their adopted daughter has been receiving counseling, which prompted her to write a letter recanting the sexual assault allegations. The letter was not introduced during the appeals process.

Now that the Appeals Court has ruled, Dean can move forward requesting a new hearing based on the evidence found in the letter. Mrs. Dean says the request will be filed as soon as possible.

Mrs. Dean says the daughter who made the allegation plans on participating in the hearings.


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