Joseph Dendy was arrested Friday morning and booked into the Cobb County jail. (Photo: Cobb Sheriff’s Office)

Ex-Cobb GOP chair denied bond in molestation case

The former Cobb County Republican Party chairman will spend at least another week in jail following his arrest on child molestation charges.

Judge Adele Grubbs denied bond Friday afternoon for Joseph Russell Dendy, who was arrested May 20 at his West Cobb home. Dendy, 71, was charged with aggravated child molestation and child molestation, both felonies, according to police. He is also facing similar charges in South Carolina, according to prosecutors.

“This is not a bond case,” Judge Adele Grubbs told the court. “He doesn’t have to waive a gun to intimidate.”

Dendy is accused of molesting boys and a girl during a span off 55 years, according to the Cobb District Attorney’s Office. Dendy allegedly molested a young boy as far back as the late 1950s.

A probably cause hearing for Dendy will be held Friday.

Read more on the bond hearing at

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