New charges for ex-cop accused of sexual assaults

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The Hennepin County Attorney's Office slapped more charges on a former Minneapolis police officer accused of engaging in online conversations with underage girls to initiate sexual encounters.

WCCO reports 32-year-old Bradley Schnickel of Andover is charged with four counts of Internet or computer solicitation of children.

Schnickel already faces six felonies in Anoka County, three counts of third-degree criminal-sexual conduct and three counts of engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child.

According to charges, Schnickel used an alias to send sexually explicit messages via text and Facebook to an 11-year-old girl in Brooklyn Center. Similar conversations with a 14-year-old girl also took place.

In the Anoka County case, police have identified separate incidents involving at least four different girls between the ages of 12 and 14 that were sexually assaulted by Schnickel.

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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