Dean was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault in 1991 and sentenced to 22 to 56 years in prison. In 2011, with the help of the Ohio Innocence Project, Dean’s conviction was thrown out and he was released from prison after serving 20 years as an innocent man. He was fully exonerated four years later in November 2015. Since being released from prison, Dean has become an advocate for wrongfully convicted individuals like himself. He regularly speaks at events, sharing his story in order to educate others about wrongful conviction and its impact. Dean is currently a member of the Ohio Innocence Project Board of Advocates. His story is featured in the book False Justice, written by former Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro and his wife Nancy Petro.