Joseph Russel Dendy, 71, has been indicted by a grand jury on 13 felony counts including child molestation, sexual battery, and cruelty to children. Dendy was previously Cobb County’s Republican Party chairman.
The trouble for Dendy began in May when he was arrested at his West Cobb for molesting two boys in separate incidents. The boy’s ages are 4 and 12. Apparently, Dendy has a history of molesting children and was charged in South Carolina years ago for earlier crimes against children. However, this little tidbit of information was missed by those who knew him best. Dendy once served as campaign manager for George state Rep. Roger Hines, and Hines graciously said Dendy’s character was “impeccable.”
The charges against Dendy are numerous and include four counts of child molestation, one count of aggravated sexual battery, one count of aggravated child molestation, and three counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes.
Prosecutors believe Dendy’s dastardly secret deeds have been ongoing for the last 55 years, and the victims left in his wake are too numerous to count. It is the hope of community leaders that past victims will come forward to share their stories so that Dendy is never again allowed to walk the streets of America as a free man. He is presently being held at Cobb County jail without bail, and if convicted on all charges he will spend the rest of his life behind cold steel bars.
Dendy has a long history in Georgia politics and served as chairman of Cobb County’s Republican party for four years. Cobb County is the largest Republican county in the state.