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Former county commissioner to be sentenced next week

Posted: January 19, 2012 - 2:07pm  |  Updated: January 19, 2012 - 5:16pm
Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean, seen here in court with his wife, was convicted last month of two counts of child molestation. He is slated to be sentenced on Jan. 27. He faces 5-20 year for each count.  Jim Blaylock
Jim Blaylock
Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean, seen here in court with his wife, was convicted last month of two counts of child molestation. He is slated to be sentenced on Jan. 27. He faces 5-20 year for each count.

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A sentencing hearing has been set next week for a former Columbia County commissioner and Harlem mayor convicted last month of molesting his adopted daughter.

Scott Dean, 42, was found guilty Dec. 16 on two counts of child molestation. His sentencing hearing is set for Jan. 27, according to a listing on Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard’s calendar.

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

A jury found him guilty of exposing himself and inappropriately touching his daughter, one of five children Dean and his wife adopted from Guatemala in 2008.

Dean served on the Harlem City Council and more than five years as the city’s mayor before winning a seat to the county commission in July 2008.

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

He resigned from the commission in February 2011 when he was indicted on the child molestation charges.

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