As we previously reported, the daughter of 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days star Angela Deem was found guilty of three counts of child molestation stemming from multiple incidents involving an underage boy in 2017. Scottie Deem received a 20-year sentence for each of the charges, and she is currently serving her time in a federal prison in Georgia. However, Scottie will reportedly be eligible for an early release — a VERY early release!
Both Radar Online and People spoke with representatives from the Jeff Davis County District Attorney’s Office and the court, and they confirm that Scottie will only be serving two years and one day! She will spend the remainder of her sentence on probation.
I do want to clarify that Scottie’s three 20-year sentences were concurrent, which means that she was allowed to serve them all at the same time. In other words, the latest she would possibly be released would be January 31 of 2039. Even so, she will be getting out after serving only 2 years of a 20-year sentence!
When we initially shared the story about Scottie being incarcerated, we noted that prison records indicated her release date was January of 2021, which was hard to believe. From our previous post:
The Georgia Department of Corrections lists a “max possible release date” of January 31, 2021. A max possible release date is supposed to be the date of release if the prisoner serves his or her complete sentence, which would mean that Scottie’s date should be January 31, 2039. The discrepancy had me wondering if perhaps she was actually sentenced to 2 years instead of 20, but when I researched Georgia sentencing guidelines for child molestation, the first offense requires a minimum of 5 years and a maximum of 20.
I realize that jail overcrowding is a serious issue, and I’ve often seen prisoners get out earlier than expected. But, only being required to serve 10% of a sentence seems extreme — especially given that this is a child molestation case and not something like marijuana possession.
Scottie will be required to be on probation for the remainder of her lengthy sentence, however. Scottie is currently 34 years old, which means she will be 36 when she is released in two years. She will be 54 years old when she is eligible to complete her probation.
I’ve been reporting on celebrity arrests fro quite a while, and I’ve never seen someone serving probation for more than 10 years, much less 18. I did some research, and it turns out that Georgia is pretty unique in that regard. From a Pew Charitable Trusts article in 2017:
In Georgia, one in 16 adults is on probation. That’s almost four times the national average. And offenders there spend more than twice as long on probation as in the rest of the country, sometimes as long as 20 years or life. Meanwhile, probation officers juggle as many as 400 cases at a time.
People also clarifies that Scottie pleaded guilty to the three charges, confirming our assumption that there was a plea deal that lessened the initial charges of one count of statutory rape, one count of aggravated child molestation, and eleven counts of child molestation to just the three counts of child molestation. (As opposed to the conviction being the result of a jury trial verdict.)
Scottie Deem, the daughter of #BeforeThe90Days star Angela Deem, has been indicted on 13 COUNTS of rape and child molestation for instances involving a boy under the age of 16 in her care, some of which allegedly occurred in the presence of other children https://t.co/363lhgi9BL
— Starcasm (@starcasm) September 27, 2018
Angela Deem is reportedly filming for TLC, although it is unclear for what project. Multiple media outlets have reached out to the network for comment, but they have yet to officially address Scottie’s arrest or its impact on Angela’s future with the network.
Scottie was featured often during Angela’s appearance on Before the 90 Days as she was the American person that Angela (and Michael) communicated with the most. The mother/daughter duo also made multiple appearances on Maury Povich as well as an appearance on Trisha Goddard. All of their appearances were to question the paternity of Scottie’s children.