More charges for former Mpls. cop accused of sex assaults


The ex-Minneapolis police officer accused of talking to underage girls online and initiating sexual encounters now faces a mountain of charges against him.

KARE 11 reports six new criminal counts were filed in Anoka County Wednesday against 32-year-old Bradley Schnickel, who's already facing an allegation that he had sex with a 14-year-old girl.

The new charges fall on top of six felonies filed against the Andover man in February and four more counts filed in Hennepin County last month.

The new charges say Schnickel allegedly tried to coerce seven additional juveniles into having sex with him, KARE 11 says.

Victims told investigators that Schnickel would pose as "Brady Schmidt" and chatted with the girls on Facebook, often steering the conversations towards sexual subjects and encouraged the exchange of naked photos. The victims said Schnickel would offer to pick them up from school or meet them somewhere.

A 16-year-old told police she performed oral sex on Schnickel after he bought her a bottle of rum, according to the complaint.

The Star Tribune reports a total of 13 girls from Anoka and Hennepin counties, ages 11 to 16, have claimed that Schnickel approached them online.

Schnickel told a 12-year-old girl that she was not “too young” and asked her for oral sex, the Star Tribune noted. A 14-year-old claimed that Schnickel asked her for oral sex about “five times a day” and a 13-year-old told authorities that Schnickel asked her if they could “hook up” and have sex.

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

He was fired from the police force in February.

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