Ex-cop accused of sex with underage girls faces more charges – WCCO
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) –A 32-year-old former Minneapolis police officer, who already faces charges in Anoka County, has been charged by Hennepin County with four additional counts of soliciting children over the Internet or by computer.
Bradley Schnickel, of Andover, posed as Brady Schmidt and Brian Schmidt in cell phone and Facebook conversations with an 11-year-old girl from the Brooklyn Center, according to the criminal complaint. The conversations were sexually explicit and reportedly included a photo of her genitals.
Schnickel also had similar explicit conversations with a 14-year-old girl, according to the complaint.
“This conduct is sad, outrageous and reprehensible,” said Hennepin County District Attorney Mike Freeman. “We admire our police officers and give them a special place in our society. It is simply wrong to betray that trust, and we appreciate the quick action of the Minneapolis Police Department in firing him. Our hearts go out to the children and their families who have been so affected by this unacceptable conduct. “
In Anoka County, Schnickel faces charges accusing him of sexually assaulting girls he met on social media sites while working as a police officer. He faces six counts of felony, including two counts of criminal sexual behavior in the third degree and one count of attempted criminal sexual behavior in the third degree, as well as three additional counts of electronic communication relating to or describing sexual behavior with a child.
Among the details of the Anoka County criminal complaint, investigators say they are aware of separate incidents involving at least four different girls, all of whom were either 13 or 14 years old at the time of the assaults.
Authorities said that when Schnickel found out police were investigating him in January, he returned to the victims and told them to deny everything.
In a written statement, the Minneapolis Police Chief said if the allegations were true they would be “horrific and (go) against everything the department stands for, our core values and our mission.” .
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Schnickel made his first court appearance on Thursday afternoon. An omnibus hearing is set for May 22.