In court Tuesday morning for a bond hearing on a laundry list charges including kidnapping, forcible rape and aggravated assault, Ouachita Parish businessman Dean Hart Jr. was ordered to enter a substance abuse rehabilitation center for at least 90 days.
Hart is scheduled to appear in 4th Judicial District Court again for a bond hearing on May 19. Judge Benjamin Jones presided over Hart’s bond hearing Tuesday.
Hart has been held at Ouachita Correctional Center since Dec. 30. He’s charged with second degree kidnapping, false imprisonment, second degree battery (two counts), aggravated assault (two counts), forcible rape, possession of cocaine and another charge of aggravated assault for pointing a laser site from a weapon at a police officer. Hart was hit with those charges following a seven-hour standoff with Monroe police at his home in the upscale Louisianne subdivision off Forsythe Avenue in Monroe.
Hart’s run-in with authorities was initiated when his wife Barbara sought medical treatment at a local hospital early in the morning on Dec. 30. Hospital personnel contacted the Monroe Police Department.
Monroe police interviewed Barbara Hart and immediately went to Dean Hart’s home. Having secured an arrest warrant at around 11 a.m. Dec. 30, police were unable to make contact with Hart until around 4 p.m. Dec. 30. Hart refused to vacate his residence until a family friend convinced him to surrender to authorities shortly after 11 p.m. Dec. 30.
According to investigators, Dean and Barbara Hart were involved in an argument over a cellular telephone on Dec. 26. As the argument ensued, Dean Hart forced Barbara Hart to accompany him to a local hospital where Barbara Hart’s ex-husband works. Video surveillance confirmed Dean Hart entered the hospital but could not locate the ex-husband.
When leaving the hospital in an automobile, Barbara Hart attempted to escape at the corner of St. John and Calypso streets but Dean Hart pulled her back into the automobile by the hair of her head, investigators said. When she attempted to escape a second time Dean Hart slammed Barbara Hart’s head into the steering column of the automobile. Dean Hart then drove to his home in Louisianne subdivision.
Over the next several days, according to investigators, Dean Hart would not allow Barbara Hart to leave his home and would not allow her to call anyone except her sister. Investigators also said Dean Hart forced Barbara Hart to have sex with him multiple times over that period.
Barbara Hart escaped the home in the early morning hours of Dec. 30 when Dean Hart fell asleep.
Assistant District Attorney Neal Johnson said though Hart is expected to spend at least 90 days in a substance abuse rehabilitation center in Point Coupee Parish, he still faces the charges stemming from the incidents with his wife.
Hart must wear an electronic monitoring device while he is in rehab.
“He will go straight back to jail (after rehab) until we have another bond hearing,” said Johnson, referring to the May 19 court date.
“He’s still currently held without bail,” Johnson said.
If Hart leaves rehab before he completes the program, he would be considered an escapee, according to Johnson.