Created: 07/24/2014 6:49 PM KSTP.com
Jury deliberations are underway in the trial of a northern Minnesota prosecutor accused of sexual misconduct with a teenage girl.
KSTP sister station WDIO-TV reports the case went to the jury Thursday afternoon.
Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell is charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl.
Prosecuting attorney Tom Heffelfinger argued Scannell abused a position of authority when he kissed and allegedly touched the girl during drives they took in 2012.
Defense attorney Joe Tamburino says Scannell was never directly given - or charged with - any parental responsibilities over the girl, making the acts distasteful and immoral but not illegal.
The girl's family sought a restraining order against Scannell in 2012. The parents say Scannell was a longtime family friend.
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