A sentencing hearing has been set for next week for a former Columbia County commissioner convicted last month of molesting his adopted daughter.
Scott Dean, 42, was found guilty Dec. 16 of 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 five 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.
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 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 months earlier of sending inappropriate text messages to a married county employee.
He resigned from the commission in February, when he was indicted on the child molestation charges.