[Nameplate] Mostly Cloudy ~ 70°F  
High: 70°F ~ Low: 46°F
Sunday, May 1, 2016

Convicted sex offender granted bond at hearing

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A convicted sex offender who failed to register as such in Putnam County was granted bond and released last week.

Dennis Dean was brought up on charges for failure to register as a sex offender, resisting law enforcement and petition to revoke probation in regards to a previous case.

In the initial hearing, Judge Diana LaViolette, who was sitting in for Judge Headley last week, granted Dean a $10,000 bond with 10-percent down.

Deputy Prosecutor Justin Long said, "We objected to the bond, but it was still granted."

Attorney Jim Holder was recently hired by Dean to represent him in the upcoming trial.

As of yet, no date has been set for a trial.

"This case is still in the discovery phase," Long commented.

Dean's prior conviction was for sexual misconduct with a minor. Indiana law requires convicted offenders to register their name and address.

Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on bannergraphic.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

What a shame. This offender lives in an area where children are present. So much for the justice system keeping them safe. He should be jailed for the full term without being released.

-- Posted by concerned3 on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 1:15 AM

Actually concerned, the justice did do their job. He has already been convicted, they nabbed him for not registering like he is supposed to. Now he is exposed and we are aware. Depending on the offense, I agree with you. Pedophiles should stay out of society. Misconduct with a minor could mean an 18 yr old with a 16 yr old. Either way, he should have registered.

-- Posted by Xgamer on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 5:43 AM

Unbeleavable! We need to be able to trust our courts will do the right thing. This person is a sick individual, being released is like saying its ok to targot thes "little children". His victomes are not 17 year olds, they are not even in their teens yet. Shame on you Laviolette!

-- Posted by fbgeiw on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 8:21 AM

Banner reporters, please ask the hard questions. What were the circumstances for the bond to be reduced to $10,00 or 10 percent down? Are there any special restrictions on his bond? I.E.- can he leave the state; is he on house arrest, is it ok for any kids to be around him?

-- Posted by purple_heat on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 5:14 PM

If this guy was 18 and the girl was 15 I don't really see the problem because just a year prior he was 17. I mean come on they are just a few years apart. Now if it was a 40 year old and a 15 year old female then I would see the problem and then he should still be in jail.

-- Posted by tickedoffguy on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 11:41 PM

concerned, ok, now it's starting to sound closer to a pedophile situation. Are you saying it's not like a young adult/teenager relationship, but an older adult with a fancy for minors? I have no clue of this man's age.

-- Posted by Xgamer on Wed, Mar 26, 2008, at 5:28 AM

This pedophile is older.

-- Posted by concerned3 on Wed, Mar 26, 2008, at 11:30 PM

Concerned3 - Please get you stories straight before you post them. Dennis lives in Morgan County not the Quarry Campground.

-- Posted by Utah on Thu, Mar 27, 2008, at 7:46 AM

Hurray!! If this person is the "Dennis" named, Utah just cleared this person of the crime they were arrested for - not registering in the county they reside in. Good job Utah!!

-- Posted by gingb2 on Thu, Mar 27, 2008, at 5:45 PM

Utah.. I referred to him as the pedophile. You got personal and called him by name. I know where he lives. You must live with him also. Quit defending this nutjob and realize that he cant be fixed and is after your children also.

-- Posted by concerned3 on Fri, Mar 28, 2008, at 11:09 AM

Concerned3 - I got his name out of the article and I received the information where he lives off of the internet. He does not live with me, but yes I know who he is. By the way again get your stories straight because I do not have children, but yes I am just as concerned as you. I do know all about this story (the truth) and I am not defending him by no means. All I am defending is the comments you are posting that are not true. If you would like to know the truth about the whole story tell me a time and a place and I would be happy to meet you to discuss this matter. Again all I am asking you is to please research your stories and get the truth before you post them.

-- Posted by Utah on Fri, Mar 28, 2008, at 12:30 PM

According to the sex offender registry, the only person with this name is an offender who is 45 yrs old and lives in Morgan county (as Utah stated). We do not have the age of the victim, we just know that the victim was a minor.

I am amazed that you all sound surprised to know that offenders live in our communities. Do you not check out the sex offender registry? Please take the time to find out who is in your community: http://www.insor.org/insasoweb/

-- Posted by cloverlady on Mon, Mar 31, 2008, at 8:37 AM

Pedophiles, seem to never be completely reformed. So many have been released into society only to repeat their offenses. So tragic, so devastating, we need to change laws that offer such second chances.

-- Posted by Xgamer on Tue, Apr 1, 2008, at 6:21 AM

The pedophiles are everywhere. Know where your children are at all times. It's not just the known pedophiles that are of concern but also the ones who haven't been caught yet. I know of an individual like the one in this article that is in Owen county but he is an offender from another state. No one seems to want to pursue this individual even though he is required to register in this state. We must remain diligent against these predators.

-- Posted by CdaleResident on Wed, Apr 2, 2008, at 1:50 AM

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: