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Cook County removes convicted attorney

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - 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.

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.

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