DULUTH - After being turned down by six county attorneys in Minnesota, a special prosecutor has been appointed to look into possible charges against Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell.
The decision comes after the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension conducted an investigation into an alleged inappropriate relationship between Scannell and a 17-year-old girl.
The Cook County Sheriff originally asked for the investigation, which revealed there was contact between Scannell and the girl. The family of the girl even filed a restraining order against Scannell.
The BCA isn't able to hand the case over to Cook County because of the conflict of interest.
Attorneys from other counties also refused to review the case because of their relationship with Scannell, according to the BCA's petition for a special prosecutor.
An independent prosecutor out of the Twin Cities will now look into the case to see if charges should be filed, according to state court documents.
There was again no comment Friday from Mr. Scannell or the Cook County Attorney's Office on this latest update involving the allegations and investigation.