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Jury reaches verdict in Minnesota prosecutor trial

July 25, 2014
Associated Press

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of a northern Minnesota prosecutor accused of sexual misconduct with a teenage girl.

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.

WDIO-TV reports the verdict was reached just before 2:30 p.m. Friday. Jurors in Duluth began deliberations late Thursday afternoon.

Prosecuting attorney Tom Heffelfinger argued Scannell abused a position of authority when he kissed and allegedly touched the girl during drives they took in 2012.

But the defense counters that Scannell was never directly given — or charged with —any parental responsibilities over the girl.

The girl's family sought a restraining order against Scannell in 2012. The parents say Scannell was a longtime family friend.


Information from: WDIO-TV,



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