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Cook County attorney charged with criminal sexual conduct

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GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell was charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct today over an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

While the victim in the case was older than 16 — the age of consent in Minnesota — Scannell was more than four years older than her, and in a position of authority, which makes the incident a criminal offense. A grand jury returned the indictment on Oct. 22.

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