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Jury deliberating Minnesota prosecutor case

July 24, 2014
Associated Press

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Jury deliberations are underway in the trial of a northern Minnesota prosecutor accused of sexual misconduct with a teenage girl.

WDIO-TV reports the case went to the jury late Thursday afternoon.

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. Scannell testified that he developed feelings for the girl in 2012. He says he thought she was too young.

Scannell's attorney says his client acted inappropriately but not criminally.

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

Scannell became a public figure after he was shot multiple times at the Grand Marais courthouse in December 2011 by a man he'd successfully prosecuted.



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