Authorities to hold news conference on investigation into Cook County attorney

By KBJR News 1

Cook county MN government website Cook county attorney Tim Scannell

October 30, 2013 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 5:42 PM CDT

Grand Marais, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Special Cook County Prosecutor and a representative of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will hold a press conference on Thursday in connection with a recent Cook County Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigation.

Back in April, the BCA hired former U.S. Attorney Thomas Heffelfinger to review an investigation for possible prosecution, acting in place of Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell.

Heffelfinger has confirmed that the investigation involves Scannell, however has not said what prompted the investigation.

Last year, a restraining order was filed against Cook County Attorney Scannell following a series of complaints from a Grand Marais family, in which they claim Scannell had been stalking their underage daughter and harassing the family.

The restraining order claims that Scannell had admitted to the family that he and the 17 year old girl had a physical relationship over the summer of 2012, which involved kissing and touching but, according to Scannell and their daughter nothing "illegal" took place.

KBJR reached out to Tim Scannell who says he has no comment on the news conference tomorrow. Scannell is also on indefinite medical leave from the county attorney's office.

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