Here are creepy emails Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell sent his 17-year-old love

Categories: Creepy, Crime, Law, Sex
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Tim Scannell
Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell is currently on trial for two felony counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with a relationship he carried on with a 17-year-old girl a couple years ago. (July 28 update -- A jury convicted Scannell of both counts.)

During testimony this week, Scannell, who in late 2011 was nearly shot to death in the Cook County Courthouse by a 42-year-old man who he'd just tried and convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old girl, denied that the relationship ever progressed beyond kissing. The now 19-year-old girl, on the other hand, testified that Scannell, 48, touched her breasts and butt and pressured her to have oral sex with him at least once.

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During her testimony, the girl recalled Scannell telling her, "I can get in trouble if there's penetration, but other than that, it's all OK to do," according to a Forum Communications report.

Because the age of consent in Minnesota is 16, prosecutors must show that Scannell was in a "position of authority" over the girl in order to secure a conviction. Scannell knew the girl since she was nine -- at one point she actually dated one of Scannell's sons -- and during her testimony, she described him as a mentor and father figure to her. Scannell argues the girl is exaggerating the role he played in her life.

During his own testimony, Scannell said he first felt attraction toward the girl during a college planning meeting with her at a school.

"She was just sitting there, and I thought, 'Holy shit. I'm in trouble. I'm attracted to (her),'" Scannell testified, according to a separate Forum report. "I didn't know what to say. I didn't know what to do."

He acknowledged accidentally touching the girl's breast once while the two were kissing.

"I was like, 'Whoa! That can't happen,'" Scannell testified, asked how he reacted to the alleged mishap.

The investigation into Scannell began in June 2012 when he pocket-dialed his sister in New Hampshire from a van he was in with the girl. Scannell's sister overheard an inappropriate interaction between the two and contacted authorities, who later brought the allegation to Scannell, setting in motion the chain of events that resulted in him being charged by a special prosecutor last October.

Scannell is still the sitting Cook County attorney but has been on medical leave since last fall. He's undergone a number of surgeries since he was shot multiple times in the courthouse and isn't seeking another term, meaning his tenure will end soon.

Scannell can deny intentionally touching the girl all he wants, but in light of racy emails released as evidence yesterday, he certainly can't deny he wanted to touch the girl, and wanted to touch her badly.

To see what we're talking about, click to page two.



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21 comments
Oogami Stech
Oogami Stech

I would be insulted if some told me gravel roads reminded them of my lips!

Ben Brem
Ben Brem

And this guy is an Attorney!?

Tam BC
Tam BC

Can we bring back public stoning?

John Little
John Little

The difference isn't men and women, the differdifference is shitty people and their morals

stephconcerned
stephconcerned

First off : "Creepy emails" ... okay Mr. Rupar ... creepy is something middle schoolers say. Just saying.


To the matter at hand. If there was a time for some empathy for this guy - now might be a good time. Its almost as everyone forgets that falling in love with a 17yo is beyond the scope of history (many cultures support). Looking over these emails ... and I am sure many people can relate ... falling in love overwhelms the reason in people.


To me what is sad ... and we can see it in the tone of this article and some of the comments. The great animus for what is a pretty normal feeling that guys can develop ... women too. This isint some pedo hoarding collections of child porn and dragging kids to the woods. Its a guy who developed emotional intimacy with someone who crossed the line. And if there is anything that will blindside his ability to regulate those emotions ... it would be that he himself was in a traumatic experience with the shooting and furthermore was in a job that has a subculture that could easily be tested as pathological on many subscales.


Its okay poetry. Get this guy in some counseling. Begin the healing process. End the Animus :)

Erin Sayer
Erin Sayer

I want to know what the end of the last one says, I bet it's something to the effect..."I apologize for putting you in this place; the problem is that I not ready (unless you give me ...your entire body and soul and let me suck your toes...then I'll be ready)."

Patrick Owens
Patrick Owens

Now I feel dirty and need a shower.......Gross !

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

Huh, looks like former democrat State Representative Kerry Gauthier and this man have shared interests. And both live in the same area. 

Robin Hanson
Robin Hanson

This guy is lame/ his poetry sucks/ hope he goes to jail.

Eric Johnston
Eric Johnston

What a weirdo / This guy needs to reevaluate life / There are fish in the sea older than 17 / Creep show.

Tony Sparrow
Tony Sparrow

That dude / he is a jerk/ he soft skin needs to see a prison/ his head should hang so low/ goodnight goon.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

City Pages: As close to child pornographers as legally allowed.   What exactly is the news value of printing dirty emails about underage sex?    Is there any other reason than to titillate?  

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Should we get Sharia Law too? 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@TheConservativeJerk It's funny you bring up ancient history that makes Republicans look so bad.   The DFL kicked him to the curb asap.   Republicans like you covered up for pedophile Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL)  for months making sure as many children as possible could fall victim to him.  After all, politics are more important than kids to Republicans like kirk here.  If you are looking to a more close to home example of Republicans protecting pedophiles you can look at Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) who worked to help protect the Catholic Church from lawsuits from victims of pedophile priests.   Also, let's remember Republicans are aligned with John Nienstedt and the conservative Minnesota bishops.   While Nienstedt was helping protect pedophiles from the police he was spending millions of dollars to support Republicans and their bigotry against gay people.  We should investigate what Republicans gave the Catholics for the millions in spending in support of Republican anti gay laws.  

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