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Former Mpls. officer pleads guilty to sending naked photos to minors

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Former Minneapolis police officer Bradley Schnickel will spend a year in the Hennepin County workhouse after pleading guilty to sending naked pictures of himself to teen girls. 

 

As part of the plea bargain accepted on Thursday, the four felony charges of soliciting minors were reduced to two charges -- one for each girl he sent pictures to in Hennepin County.

Schnickel will also spend 6 years on probation. The felony charges he faced carried a maximum sentence of three years in prison each.

Schnickel, 32, is also facing several charges in Anoka County after seven new accusers stepped forward last month, including one allegation coming from a Coon Rapids 16-year-old who claims to have had an online relationship with Schnickel since 2010, beginning when she was 15.

Investigators say the two met in the summer when the girl noticed a man inside a parked car was trying to get her attention. Charging documents claim the man told the girl she was "sexy," and claimed to be a 23-year-old bartender named Brady Schmidt, the same name other alleged victims say Schnickel used.

The 16-year-old told authorities she and Schnickel engaged in multiple sexual acts, including intercourse, at a park and at her home whole her parents was away.

Previous charges also accuse Schnickel of having sex with a 14-year-old girl as well as other sexual contact with three other girls, ages 13 and 14. Investigators say he met the teens on Facebook, Skype and Tinychat.

Investigators believe Schnickel has at least 20 victims and had sexual intercourse with several of the teens. Officials say all but two of the alleged victims live in Anoka County, with the others from Brooklyn Center.

Anoka County prosecutors have said Schnickel used police equipment to locate some of his alleged victims, and some of the girls he contacted were preadolescent.

Schnickel was fired from the police department in February.

More information about individual charges: http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/21084181/minneapolis-police-officer-brad-schnickel-underage-sex-charges

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