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Havre Man Admits He Intimidated Tenant Into Dropping Charges Against His Daughter

Editor’s note: Scott Dion was not charged with the offense of intimidation nor did he admit to that offense. The Herald uses the term to generally characterize the incident that led to the charges against him, which have been deferred.

A Havre man has signed an agreement admitting he tried to intimidate a tenant into dropping assault charges against his daughter.

Scott Edward Dion, born in 1957, was arrested in June on charges of tampering with witnesses and informants, a felony, and misdemeanor solicitation to compound a felony.

On Nov. 4, he signed a pre-trial agreement that defers the charges for three years. In return, Dion admitted that the charges against him are true and agreed not to commit the same crime again for the duration of his probation.

If he meets the conditions, the charges will be dropped and Dion won’t have a conviction on his record.

At the time of the incident, Dion’s daughter was accused of pointing a pistol at one of Dion’s tenants.

Scott Dion (Hill County Detention Center booking photo)

Court documents say the tenant told Dion that after his daughter was released from jail, she didn’t feel comfortable staying at his residence and wanted to move out, despite the three-month lease agreement she had signed.

Dion told the tenant he would void the lease agreement and give her a portion of the rent back if she dropped the charges against his daughter, the tenant told police.

If she didn’t drop the charges, Dion told the tenant he would take her to court and ruin her credit.

The tenant showed investigating officers an unsigned agreement, typed by Dion, which read: “There will be no penalties accrued for breaking this lease as long as Scott Dion receives proof that said charges against Erica Dion have been dismissed.”

The tenant and Dion went to the Hill County Attorney’s Office to have the agreement notarized.

Court documents do not explain the gap between the time the agreement was to be notarized and when the tenant showed an unsigned agreement to police. Hill County Attorney Karen Alley said she could not comment on the lapse.  

Dion made state and national news in the past when he wrote “sexual favors” in the memo line of a check he used to pay his property taxes. He maintained the gesture was a completely legal way to protest his property taxes.  The check was initially refused by the Hill County treasurer, but about a year and half later after some legal fencing by Scott Dion’s attorney and the county, it was accepted.


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Email Paul Dragu at editor@havreherald.com

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