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Minnesota Prosecutor Convicted of Sex Misconduct

Created: 07/25/2014 9:26 PM KAALtv.com

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - A northern Minnesota prosecutor faces sentencing in September after a jury convicted him of sexual misconduct involving a 17-year-old girl.
    
WDIO-TV (http://bit.ly/UrbZb9 ) reports the jury in Duluth on Friday found Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell guilty on both counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.
    
Prosecuting attorney Tom Heffelfinger says the verdict will help not only the girl and her family move forward, but the Cook County community as well.
    
Scannell, who's 48, testified that he developed feelings for the girl in 2012. The girl, now 19, described Scannell as a "father-figure" and a "mentor."
    
The girl's family sought a restraining order against Scannell - a longtime family friend - in 2012.
    
Sentencing is set for Sept. 26. Attorneys for both sides expect Scannell will get probation. An appeal is expected.
    
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Information from: WDIO-TV, http://www.wdio.com

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7/25/2014 5:35:47 PM (GMT -5:00)



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