A former Columbia County commissioner convicted of child molestation was sentenced to prison Friday morning.
Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. ordered Scott Dean to serve 20 years in prison followed by 20 years of probation during a sentencing hearing in Evans.
“In my mind, he should be treated no differently than anyone else convicted of a similar crime,” Blanchard said.
A jury convicted Dean, 42, on Dec. 16 of two counts of child molestation. Each count carried a state-mandated sentence of five to 20 years.