Cook County attorney charged with criminal sexual conduct

By KBJR News 1

Cook county MN government website Cook county attorney Tim Scannell

October 31, 2013 Updated Oct 31, 2013 at 12:45 PM CDT

Grand Marais, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell has been charged with two counts of 4th degree criminal sexual conduct.

On October 21st, a grand jury was convened to decide whether Scannell should be charged. Two days later, the jury came back with an indictment charging him with two counts of sexual misconduct with a victim that is under the age of 18. The reason he was charge is because Scannell is more than 4 years older than the victim and he is in a position of power.

Scannell made his first appearance in court today in Cook County in front of Judge Shaun Floerke. Scannell's attorneys filed two motions, one to dismiss the indictment and the other to dismiss all 6th district judges in the case.

Former U.S. Attorney Thomas Heffelfinger along with a representative from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension announced the charges today against the Cook County Attorney following an investigation that began back in 2012.

The charges are in connection to a restraining order filed last year against 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.

In an online blog, Scannell says that this has been a "hurtful" time. KBJR reached out to Scannell before the news conference, however he has been placed on indefinite medical leave from the county attorney's office. Scannell said at the time that he has no comment.

Scannell has been released without bail, however he has been ordered to not have any contact with the victims or witnesses. Scannell's next court appearance is scheduled for November 12th.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns
kburns@kbjr.com

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