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July 27, 2012

Judge orders details on sex abuse case

KANSAS, Okla. — A Cherokee County judge has ordered the disclosure of confidential Department of Human Services records relating to a child sexual abuse case.

Earlier this year, a judge ordered the DHS to produce, for judicial review, copies of agency records relevant to the case against Dean Anson, who is accused of inappropriately touching a juvenile girl in December 2010.

As of July 2, DHS records had not been produced, so Anson’s attorney notified the court of an intent to subpoena the DHS for the production of evidence.

This week, a judge ordered DHS documents to be released only to the parties involved in the case and their attorneys.

The documents, according to the court order, are not to be available to the general public, and are to be kept under seal, subject to the court’s protective order.

Information that would identify anyone who made a report of possible child abuse or neglect has been deleted from the documents produced for the parties involved in the case, according to the court documents.

Any testimony offered about those confidential documents is also to be kept confidential, so proceedings involving such information will be closed to the public.

Anson has pleaded not guilty to the allegations.

Records show he is next set to appear in court on Aug. 6 at 9 a.m. for a felony sounding docket in front of Associate District Judge Mark Dobbins.

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