Cook County Electorate Disappointed

By KBJR News 1

December 7, 2012 Updated Dec 7, 2012 at 6:54 PM CST

Grand Marais, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- Tim Scannell's Twin Cities attorney says the Cook County Attorney will resume his duties, despite fallout from a restraining order filed by the parents of a 17-year-old girl.

Many of those living on the shores of Lake Superior in the tiny tourist town of Grand Marais are troubled.

The recent news of a restraining order, filed against Scannell alleging he had a physical relationship with a 17-year-old girl has many of even his strongest supporters questioning whether he should stay in office.

"I actually was one of his biggest advocates."

Gary Nesgoda says that Scannell did a great job prosecuting on behalf of Cook County.

"He makes me want to cry a little and I think it's one of the most hypocritical acts I've seen in my entire life," said Nesgoda outside the Cook County Courthouse.

The father of one daughter, with one on the way, has changed his opinion.

"It might not be illegal but it doesn't make it right and this guy is supposed to be telling us what is right and what is wrong."

We talked to several Grand Marais residents but only, Nesgoda was comfortable speaking on the record. But a solid majority of those with whom we spoke, agreed with him.

I'm disappointed in the office itself, and that it could get this far."

A growing concern on the shores of Lake Superior.

The Cook County Attorney's office has not released any statements regarding the situation.

Scannell's attorney in the Twin Cites released a statement on his clients behalf.

"Mr. Scannell deeply regrets the pain and heartache that this situation has caused the family in question. However, Mr. Scannell has not committed a crime or any act of harassment. This incident did not involve his position as the Cook County Attorney, nor was he in any position of authority during any of the alleged events. Please understand that at no time did any sexual conduct occur between Mr. Scannell and the identified individual. Mr. Scannell intends to continue his duties at the Cook County Attorney’s Office and trusts that this matter will resolve quickly."

Zach Vavricka

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