Pastor Alan Fox, 60, was scheduled for sentencing in the Livingston County Courthouse at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, and after more than an hour and a half of conferences with lawyers on their cases, including Fox’s lawyer John Putney, county judge Dennis Cohen ruled in favor of Putney’s request that sentencing be adjourned, since he did not receive the pre-sentence report 24 hours before sentencing, which is his right as an attorney.
“It seems like it’s always been this way with Mr. Fox,” said James, 41, the biological father of the victim, who is now seeking custody of her and her four brothers and sisters. “It seems that every time they get close to handling this, it gets postponed, and postponed, and postponed.”
Fox has been a foster parent for 30 years alongside his wife, Cathy, who was present during private conferencing with the judge but left the courthouse grounds before formal hearings began. He is a former pastor out of Dansville and former singer/songwriter for the Christian folk band, Band of Brothers.
Fox pled guilty to Attempted Criminal Sex Act in the First Degree, an E felony, in November and was scheduled for sentencing Thursday, Jan. 29, but turned himself in to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 5. Sources speculate he may have done so to start his incarceration time early in local jail, and minimize his time in prison.
Fox will be returning to court Friday morning to receive a sentence that is anticipated to include 1 1/2 years in prison.
PHOTO CAPTION: Alan Fox, led from the Livingston County jail in the chain gang by Deputy Sheriffs. (Photo/Sean Russell)