County Attorney Scannell charged with felonies for relationship with 17-year-old girl
As we told you about earlier this year, Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell has been under investigation by former U.S. Attorney Thomas Heffelfinger for possible charges stemming from a sexual relationship he carried on with a 17-year-old girl.
Today, Scannell was indicted on two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Heffelfinger announced the grand jury's decision during a news conference in Grand Marais but didn't provide any details about the evidence that led to the indictment.
Scannell is still Cook County's top prosecutor but is currently on indefinite medical leave. Each of the two counts carries a maximum sentence of a decade in prison.
For the complete, bizarre backstory of the Scannell controversy, read this post from April.
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