Du Pont family member released after domestic-violence arrest at rural Leavenworth cabin

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Chelan County sheriff's deputies arrested Calisle Simpson Dean, 62, at this rural Leavenworth cabin in a domestic violence investigation Friday.

WENATCHEE — The Seattle man accused of tying up and beating his girlfriend in a remote Leavenworth cabin was released from jail Monday after paying $75,000 in bail.

Calisle Simpson Dean has not been charged, but Chelan County sheriff’s deputies say he assaulted and kept the 47-year-old woman tied up with masking tape and a cloth apron for about three and a half hours early Friday. She told deputies while she was bound, Dean punched her “between 20-30 times in the head and back,” according to a police affidavit, as well as kicking her in the ribs.

She later fled the cabin, about 10 miles up Icicle Road, and drove herself to Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth for treatment for a broken rib and other injuries. The hospital reported the incident about 5 a.m. Friday; deputies interviewed the alleged victim and later arrested Dean at the cabin, where they found him when they arrived to serve a search warrant about 3:30 p.m.

Deputies said the victim had blue painter’s tape on her wrist, and the apron allegedly used to bind her was found in the car she drove to the hospital. Similar tape was allegedly found at the cabin, along with signs of an apparent struggle.

Dean remained jailed through the weekend until a 4 p.m. first appearance Monday in Chelan County Superior Court. Judge Travis Brandt set his bail at $75,000 and ordered him to have no contact with the victim while the case is pending. Dean told Brandt he intended to reside at a Kirkland address he owns, rather than a primary residence listed in downtown Seattle.

Prosecutors have until the end of the day Wednesday to decide whether to file charges, with the sheriff’s office seeking felony counts of first-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault, plus a misdemeanor charge of threats to do harm, all with a domestic violence component. Arraignment would take place June 21.

Dean is a descendant of the wealthy du Pont family. His father was J. Simpson Dean Jr., son of Paulina du Pont Dean of Wilmington, Delaware. He owns homes and commercial properties in Seattle and Colorado, and is listed as a frequent large contributor to charities and environmental foundations, including the Leavenworth-based Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. IRS records show Dean is treasurer of a $2 million family charitable fund based in Colorado Springs.