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Teen testifies in attorney's sexual misconduct trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A teenage girl has testified in the trial of a northern Minnesota prosecutor accused of sexual misconduct.

Witnesses took the stand Tuesday in the trial of Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell in St. Louis County Court. The 47-year-old is charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for an alleged inappropriate relationship with the girl.

The 19-year-old testifies that Scannell kissed and sexually touched her in 2012, when she was 17. She describes him as a "father-figure" and a "mentor."

Scannell's sister also testifies that she overheard an inappropriate interaction between the two.

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

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


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