Tim Scannell, the Cook County Attorney, has been put under a Harassment Restraining Order by 6th Judicial District Chief Judge Shaune Floerke to stay away from a teenage girl. The restraining order mentioned Scannell following, pursuing or stalking the girl and making harassing phone calls.
The order also stated that the harassment had or was intended to have a “substantial adverse effect on (the girl’s) safety, security or privacy.”
According to the petition for the restraining order, Scannell, 46, was known to the family of the now 17-year-old girl as a friend and mentor.
He coached her in a summer tennis program, Scannell’s family and children socialized with the girl’s family; he also gave her guitar lessons, and maybe the impulse to teach things to novices was a bit overreaching in scope and ambit.
According to the complaint, the girl’s mother said that Scannell met her on Sept 25 and told her that he loved her daughter and that their relationship had become physical over the summer.
There was “kissing and touching” involved, but nothing illegal. Scannell also showed the girl’s mother the love poems he had texted to the girl and described gifts he had given her. He also told her of his plans to move with the teenager to Australia.
When Scannell told the mother of the teenager that he and her daughter were soul-mates and their 30-year age difference was not a big deal, the woman asked Scannell how he would feel if she had a romantic relationship with Scannell’s son.
She also asked the Cook County Attorney, how this was different from the criminal sexual conduct cases he prosecuted.
When her parents asked the girl about the relationship, she apparently said she had not thought it to be serious and all that talk about going to Australia was a joke.