Jesse Dent

Jesse Dent

A Cherokee High School teacher faces a misdemeanor charge following an alleged domestic dispute incident at his home and a restraining order from a local assisted living community after allegedly threatening the employees where his wife worked.

Police reports detail more than a dozen calls for reported disturbances at the home of Jesse Dent, 46, dating back more than a decade, though the current charge is the first he has faced.

Dent, a science teacher at Cherokee High School, was arrested in December for criminal trespass/damage to property following a domestic dispute in his home in Waleska, according to police reports and court records. Dent has been on leave from his teaching job since Dec. 4. Citing privacy laws, district officials declined to give a reason for the leave.

Dent is accused of intentionally damaging items in the home he shared with his wife on Dec. 4, 2017, according to the initial warrant for his arrest. He was released on a $2,000 bond on Dec. 7, according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sgt. Marianne Kelley. One condition of his bond be that he have no contact, either directly or indirectly, with his wife. Dent appeared for his arraignment on Feb. 14 in State Court and pleaded not guilty. He is scheduled to return to court March 12 after retaining an attorney to represent him.

Earlier this month, he was served in a civil action from Provident Village at Canton, an assisted living community and memory care neighborhood, where the company and its employees petitioned the court for a temporary restraining order and three-year injunction against him.

According to court documents, Provident Village officials allege Jesse Dent harassed his wife there last June while she was working as a wellness director. Employees claim Dent “became enraged and extremely aggressive toward” her in the business’ parking lot. Provident Village acting Executive Director Angela Webb asked Dent to leave the premises immediately, at which point he screamed and yelled profanities before leaving the parking lot, the petition claims.

Webb also claims to have witnessed signs of physical abuse against Dent’s wife on several occasions. Webb said she warned Dent not to return to the property.

However, in early December 2017, Dent allegedly parked in the Provident Village parking lot and aggressively questioned a staff member about the location and work schedule of Dent’s wife. On Dec. 4, Dent reportedly entered the facility and demanded another employee give him his wife’s work schedule. He returned to the community’s parking lot on Dec. 20 and demanded to know where his wife was.

After returning to the facility again on Jan. 6 and demanding to know his wife’s whereabouts, Dent allegedly “issued a death threat to the employees by stating in an angry and threatening manner to (his wife) that he’s ‘going to get all of them’ and that ‘they’re going to pay,’” according to court documents.

According to court document Provident Village employees claim Dent suffered delusions that they were spying on him and conspiring to record his moves and conversations. They “reasonably believe that they are under threat of death or serious bodily injury, and caused the employees to fear for the safety of the elderly residents of Provident Village.”

Webb contacted Canton Police after learning of Dent’s threats on Jan. 8, though according to the petition, he continued to threaten to visit the facility unannounced.

In the petition, Provident Village asked the court to issue a temporary restraining order against Dent, barring him from having any direct or indirect contact with the employees at their workplace, following or stalking them from their workplace and staying at least 300 yards away from the facility and the employees while they are at work.

Known to law enforcement

Since 2014, the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office has responded to at least seven calls of domestic disputes involving Dent and his wife, to the point that responding officers were familiar with the couple, according to police reports.

However, his arrest on Dec. 4, 2017 is the first time he has been charged with a crime.

Police responded to Dent’s residence in July 2014 after receiving a call from a relative that Dent had damaged windows at the home and threatened to burn the house down.

In 2015, Canton Police officers responded to at least three calls in a matter of four months involving Dent and a clerk at the Shell gas station located on Riverstone Boulevard. What initially started as a dispute between Dent and the business when he reported the clerk was behaving suspiciously escalated quickly when he was denied service at the store.

Officers responded to the business in June 2015 after Dent allegedly told the clerk “that if he saw him out on the road, he would break his legs,” according to a police report.

Police received at least five calls in reference to domestic disputes between Dent and his wife in 2017 alone.

Dent’s arrest and charge stem from an incident where deputies were called out on Dec. 4, 2017, when a neighbor reported a dispute. When law enforcement arrived, they discovered property destroyed throughout the house, which Dent reportedly admitted to doing while his wife was at the grocery store.

The police report filed by Provident Village about Dent’s behavior on Jan. 8 is the only police report obtained by the Tribune to mention directly that investigators with Cherokee County School Police were notified.

Madison Hogan is a reporter for the Cherokee Tribune and Cherokee Ledger-News and lives in the county. You can reach her at mhogan@cherokeetribune.com.

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(28) comments

Anonymous Commenter

I had a class with this man for an entire school year. I spent every single day in his class learning about engineering. He helped me understand so many things about life that I had previously had no clue about. He was much more than a teacher, he was a mentor. This sounds like a divorce gone horribly wrong. His wife would call him constantly in the middle of class and he would have to leave for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. I'm sure that alcohol had some part to play in this but then again most of the population of america drinks. If your spouse was cheating I'm sure you would act similarly if not more rash. I can assure you that this man was no secret abuser and that this news article is telling one side of the story. Dent has multiple degrees and is no fool. This is an intelligent sensible man driven to the brink of sanity over a marriage.

Anonymous Commenter

I can assure you the wife has never cheated on this man ever! And divorce who said anything about divorce!

Anonymous Commenter

Mr.Dent was a teacher of mine for 2 years every day I enjoyed going to his class and loved his passion for building the young engineered minds of Cherokee high. He built the tech course from the ground up and being in his class never felt like work even though we were learning. I have no doubt in my mind that he is a good man and I feel terrible for him and his family . I pray that you all will look at this another way and see that he is not as bad as what they make him seem to be. Sure this is all very unacceptable and I can relate because I grew up in a house hold with a father who did very similar things and I can still say my father is a great man. He has issues from a traumatic childhood but he and my father are two in the same. Give the man a break you don’t even know him.

Anonymous Commenter

He destroyed property in anger (admitted), he has his wife's employer calling the police and filing restraining orders against him (and he had NO business coming to her employer's place of business, he had a shell station clerk call on him due to threats....
...yeah, this guy seems like a loose cannon. There's no excuse for this behavior.

Anonymous Commenter

ofcourse you won't see the violent side of him during a student-teacher conference, this man was violent w/ his wife, and anyone who tried to help her. he wouldn't risk losing a good job of the community by showing his a** at the school or in front of parents. MIL used to work at the Village with Dents Wife, Sarah who was always "covered in bruises". the man was a jerk and was good at hiding it when it counted.

Anonymous Commenter

This is what meth will do to you. Should look up his wife's arrest record too.

Anonymous Commenter

This is the most one-sided version of reporting I have ever seen. Remember, there are always two sides to every story and clearly only one is being told in this "journalistic masterpiece". Surely the Tribune could come up with something a little more "newsworthy". Pure trash piece.

Anonymous Commenter

LMFAO AT THE COMMENTS SAYING DENT IS A GOOD DUDE. Let’s ignore his domestic abuse and issued restraining order because he’s obviously a good guy looooooollll. Grow up. Abusers hide in shadows and know how to seem nice. Just because Dent got along with you one time doesn’t excuse his pitiful and disgusting actions. He gets what he deserves.

Friend

Please pray for this family. I have known this family since our oldest boys were about 5 years old. I felt comfortable leaving my son with both Jesse and Sarah all the time and vice versa. I know together they worked hard to give those three kids a good life. We all struggle at some point in our marriage. I am sure there is much more to the story. It doesn't matter what it is. It isn't our gossip to share. Imagine if some of the arguments you had with your spouse were put out there for the whole world to see? We are all sinners. Thankfully the Lord forgives. He can move mountains. He can change hearts. The best thing any of us can do is to pray for healing.

Anonymous Commenter

Publishing this kind of an article and sharing this kind of information with the public is completely unnecessary??? unnecessary but it's okay for the media to post other people who do wrong doings?

Anonymous Commenter

I understand that people claim to know the accused and that he is “a good person.” However, the article states multiple factors that this has been an ongoing issue.
I do not understand why it is when a person whom is being abused and makes it known always gets the backlash of “they’re a good person.”
Abusers are good at hiding things and presenting good face value but behind closed doors it’s a constant battle.

onymous Commenter

Well just remember to get all fact before you find someone guilty, and you can apologize later when you here all the facts and they will come out tomorrow!

Anonymous Commenter

You are absolutely right. Abusers are good at hiding things and often times present a very different face in front of friends, at work, and/or out in public. I was married to an abusive man and when I filed for divorce, I very clearly remember one of my best friends (at the time, not anymore) telling me that "she couldn't take sides, since she was friends with both of us". This was despite all of my horrific stories. She said this because "SHE hadn't ever had any issues with him."

Anonymous Commenter

If known this man and he dpsent get mad easily and he doesn't act out of character unless something bad happen

Anonymous Commenter

Publishing this kind of an article and sharing this kind of information with the public is completely unnecessary. I understand that there are people out there who are worried about their kids because he’s a teacher, but publishing an article like that and just informing and talking to the school are two completely different things. This article shares private and (maybe false) information with the public that they do not need to know. I’m embarrassed to know that there are people out there who are now pointing with their fingers on J. Dent even though they have their own issues and problems on which they’re robably Not proud of. I’m sure there’s more to that story than the author of this article tells us. He brought that partly on himself, he needs help, but that’s his business not ours and everything else should get handled by people who are professionals.

Anonymous Commenter

I agree with this 100%

Anonymous Commenter

Well said.

Anonymous Commenter

I second that motion;100%

A Neighbor in his home community

Once a person is arrested it becomes public knowledge. As a teacher snd servant of the school system, he is bound by the need for ethical actions. Most likely alcohol is a contributing factor. Domestic violence on any level is not acceptable. She is half his size and would pose no physical threat to him. He made it public when he chose to go to businesses in Canton and demonstrate erratic and dangerous behavior.

voice of reason

"Most likely alcohol is a contributing factor." Proof? Guess? Wish? Heresay?

Anonymous Commenter

This man has always had a temper! I still remember hearing him yelling and cussing out his son over the phone. Never trusted the man and was always surprised at how long he was allowed to stay at Cherokee.

onymous Commenter

You don't even have a FU@# in clue!

His sister

I can promise you he had not always had a bad temper. He's one of the most laid back, rational and not confrontational people you will ever meet. If he was blasting one of his boys i can guarantee it was because they were either somewhere there shouldn't have been, with people they shouldn't have been with or they were doing something they shouldn't have.

His sister

I can assure everyone that he has not always had a bad temper. He is the most rational, compassionate and non confrontational man you'll ever know. If you heard him blasting one of his boys it's because they were probably doing something they shouldn't have been, were somewhere they didn't need to be or they were just up to no good at that time. Yeah, kids can push their parents right to the edge and our response is usually to get really mad, scream and threaten them in every way with every thing we can think of. But you know what? This man that's being bashed has 2 kids he's putting thru college, paying their bills, because he works after school, weekend's and summers to give them what they need to be the best human they can be.

Anonymous Commenter

Madison, have you ever experienced the pain of a marriage coming unraveled. If you had then you'd author this article with a different tone and perspective. Clearly someone's marriage is coming apart, and another man who works at a store is the cheater with this man's wife. Divorce is a horrible, PAINFUL experience that many people are NOT prepared to experience. While I understand boundaries have to be set, and misbehavior has to be addressed, this man needs some friends, family, counseling, love, and time to untangle himself from what he thought was a life long commitment of trust. Our society runs to the position of vilifying someone who's going through some of the worst experiences of their life... the betrayal is unbearable, but I don't see any of that perspective in your article... it should be there too.

Anonymous Commenter

First of all this mans wife never cheated on him! Second this article is false a lot of these thing he supposedly did is not true! I wish they got a statement from him! Poor man he does not deserve this!

Anonymous Commenter

You don’t even know what you’re talking about either...

Anonymous Commenter

Amen! This kind of reporting is unnecessary

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