Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell takes the stand in his own defense

By KBJR News 1

July 23, 2014 Updated Jul 23, 2014 at 6:51 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- A very emotional day in court today as Cook County Attorney, Tim Scannell took the stand to testify in his own defense.

The prosecution rested in the criminal sexual conduct case against Scannell and the defense began calling its witnesses.

Scannell was in tears within seconds of taking the stand.

He testified that he began having feelings for the 17-year-old girl involved in the case, in May of 20-12.

The teen is now 19 years old.

Scannell said on a trip to the Twin Cities in June of 20-12, he told the girl how he felt and held her hand.

He testified that it was on that same trip that he accidentally dialed his sister on his cell phone.

She overheard the conversation between Scannell and the teen and confronted him about it.

Scannell said he contemplated suicide that night.

On the stand, Scannell testified that he and the girl quit talking after his feelings until July.

Around that time Scannell testified that they started meeting regularly on a back road in Grand Marais where they would kiss and touch, but he said nothing illegal happened.

Scannell said on the stand that he had only ever been in love with his wife and the teenaged girl.

He said being with the teen was the only thing that kept him from jumping off a cliff.

He testified he just wanted things to go back to normal.

He said he has tried to apologize to everyone involved but no one wants to hear it.

The prosecution will get its chance to question Scannell first thing Thursday morning.

The defense doesn't have many witnesses left, and the trial could go to the jury tomorrow.

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