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Former Cook Co. Attorney Tim Scannell sentenced for abusing girl


The former Cook County attorney has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and 10 years of probation after being convicted on multiple counts of 4th degree criminal sexual conduct for kissing and touching a teenage girl.

Tim Scannell was sentenced Friday in Duluth by Judge Shaun Floerke. Scannell will also be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years and complete 300 hours of community service, Northland News Center reports.

After his trial in July, defense attorney Joe Tamburino had predicted Scannell would get probation instead of jail time, WDIO reports.

Jurors decided that Scannell had abused his position of authority with the girl during drives they took together in 2012. He was convicted of two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Scannell was ousted from his position as the Cook County Attorney following his conviction last summer.

His trial was moved from Grand Marais due to pretrial publicity. The girl's family got a restraining order against Scannell in 2012. The parents said in their petition that Scannell was a longtime family friend.

A special prosecutor was selected to investigate the case. The Cook County Sheriff asked the BCA to investigate Scannell to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

In 2011, Scannell was shot at the Cook County courthouse after a guilty verdict was read against a man he successfully prosecuted for criminal sexual misconduct with a minor.

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