Minn. prosecutor ordered to stay away from teen

Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell has been ordered to stay away from a 17-year-old girl and her parents after being accused of an improper relationship with the girl.

The restraining order was filed Dec. 4 in Sixth District Court and is in effect for two years. The girl's parents say Scannell was a longtime family friend who told them this summer that he had fallen in love with the teen.

Their petition accuses him of continuing to contact the girl after promising not to. The girl was in Barcelona, Spain to spend fall semester of her senior year abroad. She has returned home. The girl’s host mother in Barcelona is quoted as saying communication between the two was on-going while the girl was in Spain.

The petition states that there is “an immediate and present danger of harassment to justify temporary relief” in the form of a restraining order. The petition alleges reasonable grounds Scannell followed, pursued or stalked the teen as well as made harassing phone calls.

Scannell became a public figure after he was wounded in a courthouse shooting on December 15, 2011. Scannell went on to testify for a new law allowing prosecutors to carry guns on duty if they have a permit.

The Associated Press reports that in a statement, Scannell's attorney said the prosecutor regrets the pain he has caused. The statement goes on to say Scannell committed no crime and did not engage in "sexual conduct" with the girl. The attorney also said Scannell intends to remain as county attorney.