MN prosecutor charged for alleged sex with teen

6:03 AM, Nov 1, 2013   |    comments
Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell
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GRAND MARAIS, Minn.  - The lead prosecutor in Cook County is being charged with sexual misconduct for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell was charged Thursday with two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The Duluth News Tribune reports the charges come after a nearly seven-month investigation by former U.S. Attorney Thomas Heffelfinger, who was appointed to review the case.

The relationship between Scannell and the girl came to light when the girl's family filed a restraining order last year. The girl's mother said Scannell told her he loved her daughter and was having a physical relationship that involved "kissing and touching, but nothing illegal."

His attorney did not immediately return a message left by The Associated Press. Scannell's voicemail says he is on medical leave indefinitely.

Scannell gained statewide attention when he was shot in December of 2011 by Daniel Schlienz in the Cook County courthouse in Grand Marais. Scannell had successfully prosecuted Schlienz, a local boxer, for a sex crime.

Schlienz opened fire moments after the jury returned his guilty verdict, admitting he had planned the attack in the event he was convicted.

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