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Brother Dean assault results in one-year probation from UA properties

(Courtesy Pima County Sheriffs Department)
Courtesy Pima County Sheriff’s Department

(Courtesy Pima County Sheriff’s Department)

Brother Dean Saxton was arrested in front of the UA Administration Building for misdemeanor assault of a female UA student on Sept. 20. Saxton has been given an exclusionary order, prohibiting him “from all properties owned, leased, rented or controlled” by UA, according to the University of Arizona Police Department case report obtained by the Daily Wildcat.

The incident occurred just before noon on the 20th as Saxton engaged in his familiar “preaching” sitting on the grassy hill south of the Administration Building, according to witnesses.

As Saxton continued to “yell at people” and tell them they were “going to hell,” a female UA student approached him in a reportedly non-threatening manner, intending to share her opinion with him, when he stood up and kicked her in the chest, according to her statement.

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Some witnesses claim they saw Saxton extend his left foot and kick from a “crab walk” position.

One witness provided the police with a video of Saxton shortly after the event in which he verbally defended his religious views.

“UA, I’m tired of being put in a box for my religion,” he said. “I’m down and proud. I’m a Christian and if you’re not, you’re going to hell forever and ever.”

Saxton himself told police the student “approached him in an aggressive manner” as he was “preaching the general gospel” and “he extended his left leg out to prevent her from coming closer.”

Other wtiness statements conflict with Saxton’s report of events.

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Assosciate Dean of Students Kathy Adams Riester also arrived on scene and assisted in the care of the victim and accompanying her to the UAPD police station.

Saxton was taken to Pima County Jail for booking where he was told of his exclusionary order. 

According to Officer George Eppley, a public information officer for UAPD, Saxton likely had his arraignment in front of a judge that day and was subsequently released.

During his exclusionary period, Saxton is still able to visit the police station on campus, according to Eppley. Exclusionary orders are a typical punishment for assaults on campus, Eppley said, usually lasting either six months or a year.

Saxton has been involved in previous assault cases, though as a victim. He was struck over the head with a baseball bat by a 19-year-old, female Apollo High School student in Glendale, where he was preaching outside the school in April.

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