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Former Mpls. police officer charged with 5 new felonies in sex crime case

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Bradley Schnickel, the ex-Minneapolis police officer accused of talking to underage girls online and initiating sexual encounters, now faces five new felony charges, including an allegation of having sex with a 16-year-old girl, the Star Tribune reports.

The paper says seven alleged victims were mentioned in the charges filed against Schnickel Friday in Anoka County -- bringing the number of girls accusing the man of online sex crimes to 20 following earlier charges in February, April and last week .

Schnickel, 32, is accused of sending the alleged victims explicit messages, including photos of his genitalia online through Facebook and Skype.

According to court documents, one of the charges filed Friday included a girl from Coon Rapids, who was 15 years old when she encountered Schnickel while rollerblading in the city.

The girl told authorities that she first interacted with Schnickel -- who identified himself as "Brady" -- through various online portals. Previous victims have also indicated that they were involved in conversations with a man who identified himself as "Brady Schmidt."

The Coon Rapids girl also told authorities that after she turned 16 in the summer of 2011, she engaged in multiple acts of sexual intercourse and oral sex at a park -- both at a park and at her home in Coon Rapids while her parents were away.

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office said social media sites turned over more than 9,000 pages of online communications linked to Schnickel.

Schnickel was fired from the police force in February.

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