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Cook County commissioners remove county attorney convicted of criminal sexual conduct

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DULUTH, Minnesota — A county attorney in northeastern Minnesota has been replaced following his conviction for criminal sexual conduct.

Cook County commissioners at a special meeting Thursday voted to replace Tim Scannell. He was convicted Friday of two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

A prosecutor argued that Scannell abused his position of authority when he kissed and allegedly touched a 17-year-old female acquaintance in 2012.

WDIO-TV (http://bit.ly/1o8XN1S ) reports Commissioner Garry Gamble says board members removed Scannell based on a state law that says an office becomes vacant is there's a conviction of "any infamous crime or .... a violation of the official oath."

Assistant County Attorney Molly Hicken was appointed as interim attorney. The office is up for election this November.


Information from: WDIO-TV, http://www.wdio.com

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