Minneapolis officer charged in underage sex case, fired from force


Minneapolis police officer Bradley Schnickel, 32, of Andover, was charged Friday in Anoka County Court with six felonies, accused of using social media to start up off-duty sexual encounters with girls between the ages of 12 and 14, the Star Tribune reports.

Bail has been set at $500,000. Schnickel's wife was in the courtroom for his appearance, KARE 11 reported.

Minneapolis police say Friday was his last day as an employee of the department.

The Star Tribune reports that prosecutor Paul Young said in court that about a week ago, Schnickel tried to persuade the girls to change their stories.

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office says social media sites have turned over more than 9,000 pages of online communications, and investigators are still going through the documents, WCCO reports.

Authorities say Schnickel had sex with some, but not all, of the girls, and there could be more victims not yet identified in the investigation, WCCO reports.

Fox 9 reports more of the details about how Schnickel is alleged to have lured the girls. According to the charges, in one case, he is accused of meeting a 14-year-old who had snuck out of her house after dark, Fox 9 reports. He's accused of giving her vodka, Fox 9 says.

News of Schnickel's arrest broke Thursday. He's been a Minneapolis officer since 2008. Minneapolis police spokesman Sgt. Stephen McCarty on Friday tweeted this:

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