Cook County Attorney Fired After Conviction

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to remove Tim Scannell as county attorney Thursday morning.

Last week, Scannell was convicted of sexual misconduct with a teenager. A jury found him guilty on charges stemming from his relationship with a girl who was 17-years-old at the time.

Scannell admitted on the stand that he loved the girl, but he says nothing sexual happened. The girl’s family sought a restraining order against Scannell in 2012.

According to reports from the CBS affiliate in Duluth, Scannell is an elected official, however a lawyer for the county board called this a legal move.

His termination was post-dated to reflect the day of his conviction — July 25.

Scannell faces a prison term of possibly several years. Sentencing has been set for Sept. 26.

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