Original Case Details
A former teacher is facing allegations that he sexually assaulted former students and used his position of authority as a teacher to flirt with other students. Jason William Dean, 36, of Livonia is facing allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct with underage students at multiple locations. The allegations against this teacher span multiple schools; the school and corresponding allegations are listed as follows:
• Cedar Crest Academy: a private K-8 school in Springfield Township. Dean was a Teacher there, as well as a soccer and basketball coach. He is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student, then 14, at the school. He was her teacher, soccer coach, and basketball coach. It is alleged the sexual relationship took place at the girl’s home, in a hotel, and on an airplane. It is even alleged that they had sex in a van outside a school dance, in his classroom, and in a secret apartment leased by Dean in Waterford Township.
• Wayne Memorial High School: Dean was alleged to have flirted with a student there where he exchanged notes and emails with her as well as complimented her body.
• Northville High School: Prosecutors say there is evidence that Dean inappropriately and sexually touched students who were between the ages of 14 and 18 years old. It is reported that students described inappropriate behavior from Dean, where, for example, a girl would get a free tardy pass if she wore a “nice outfit.”
The Oakland County Prosecutor has sought to add witness testimony from alleged victims who were students at Wayne Memorial and Northville High Schools. The prosecutor believes that the testimony will help prove Dean’s methodology and character with female students.
Criminal Charges and Potential Penalties
Dean is currently facing five counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. He is facing these charges under the theory that the alleged victim is between 13 and 16 years of age and he held a position of authority over her as a teacher and committed sexual penetration. This is a felony charge that carries a maximum term of life or any term of years for sentence by the trial judge if convicted. If he is convicted of all five charges, then any sentence would likely be significant. He would then also have to register as sex offender on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry List, which will monitor him and restrict where he can live while he is on the registry.
What Happens Next?
Dean is currently in the pretrial phase of his case. He has already been bound over from the lower court as the prosecutor in the case was able to prove probable cause that a crime was committed and probable cause that Dean is who committed the crimes. Dean is now awaiting a motion hearing scheduled for September in which the judge will determine if testimony from other alleged victims of Dean will be allowed at his trial. Once that issue is determined, then the case will move forward towards a likely jury trial unless Dean and his attorney are able to work out a plea agreement that is satisfactory to Dean. As Michigan courts have slowly progressed towards opening more fully, an actual jury trial will likely not be in the immediate future.
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