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Flint goes to trial next week in child abuse, assault case

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Editor's Note: Child pornography charges were eventually dismissed.

SUMMIT COUNTY – Former local CEO Dennis Flint faces trial next week on charges of child abuse and third-degree assault regarding an alleged incident involving his daughter.

The Dec. 2008 incident reportedly took place as Flint was driving his daughter to a local school. Flint now lives on the Front Range.

District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said Flint’s daughter, who was under 18 at the time of the incident, is expected to testify.

The trial – which may last two days – is scheduled to begin Sept. 8 at the Summit County Courthouse.

At one point set for summer 2009, the trial has been postponed several times in part because of a separate felony trial regarding child-pornography possession allegations against Flint in the same court.

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The misdemeanor trial most recently was delayed from July at the request of the defense because of new information it had received on the case.

Flint had previously been represented by a private attorney, but public defender Dana Christiansen has since appeared for him in both cases.

The felony case was tried in June but ended in a mistrial because of a hung jury. That trial has been rescheduled for Oct. 18-22.

Flint was CEO of High Country Health Care until March 2009, when he was arrested and charged with the two felonies. He is a Summit High School alumnus who graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1977 before serving as a pilot in the Air Force.

SDN reporter Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or rallen@summitdaily.com.