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Dean to be sentenced later this month

Posted: January 10, 2012 - 6:15pm  |  Updated: January 10, 2012 - 6:24pm
Former Columbia County commissioner Scott Dean on the stand last month during his child molestation trial.  Jim Blaylock
Jim Blaylock
Former Columbia County commissioner Scott Dean on the stand last month during his child molestation trial.

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A former Columbia County commissioner convicted last month of molesting his adopted daughter will likely be sentenced Jan. 27.

A jury found Scott Dean, 42, guilty of two counts of child molestation on Dec. 16. After the verdict was announced, his attorney requested that Dean be sentenced at a later time.

Dean faces 5 to 20 years for each count, Assistant District Attorney Parks White said.

White said Tuesday that he expects Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. to sentence Dean the week of Jan. 23. Blanchard is already expected to hold sentencing hearings on Jan. 27.

He was accused of exposing himself to and inappropriately touching his daughter, one of five children Dean and his wife adopted from Guatemala in 2008.

Several people testified during the trial as to why the girl might make up such allegations. But the girl stood by her story, which Dean denied from the stand.

Dean served on the Harlem City Council and more than five years as the city’s mayor before being elected to the county commission in July 2008 to fill the seat vacated by Lee Anderson.

Dean was re-elected as the District 4 commissioner in November 2010 despite being accused several months earlier of sending inappropriate text messages to a married county employee.

He resigned from the position in February, when he was indicted on the child molestation charges.

 

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