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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Prosecutor in court as defendant in Cook County

  • A northern Minnesota prosecutor is due in court as a defendant in a sexual misconduct case.
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  • A northern Minnesota prosecutor is due in court as a defendant in a sexual misconduct case.
    Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell is charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl.
    Sixth Judicial District Chief Judge Shaun Floerke will continue to hear the case against the 47-year-old prosecutor Tuesday after earlier denying a motion to have each of the district's judges removed. The Duluth News Tribune says the defense argued any judge who faces re-election in the district could be swayed by community pressure.
    The relationship between Scannell and the girl came to light when her family asked for a restraining order in 2012. The girl's parents said Scannell was a longtime family friend who told them he loved the girl and that their relationship had turned physical.

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