The allegations of criminal sexual conduct involving juvenile females continue to pile on for a former Minneapolis police officer who now lives in Coon Rapids and used to live in Andover.
Bradley James Schnickel, 32, has been accused of having inappropriate contact with at least 20 different young girls with 18 of those coming from Anoka County and two from Hennepin County. Schnickel was fired in February from the Minneapolis Police Department.
The Anoka County Attorney’s Office May 24 charged Schnickel with five new felonies, including one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and four counts of engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child. He also was charged with three gross misdemeanors – two counts of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of misconduct of a public officer or employee.
The girls in this most recent criminal complaint ranged in age from 13 to 17 years old and involved conversations on Facebook and other video chat programs and websites.
In one instance, Schnickel allegedly had sex multiple times with a 16-year-old Coon Rapids girl at a park or her home when her parents were gone during the summer of 2011.
According to the complaint, they first met the summer prior when Schnickel got her attention while she was inline skating past his car near the intersection of Hanson and Northdale boulevards in Coon Rapids.
Schnickel allegedly told her that she was “sexy” and had “sexy breasts” and that he was a 23-year-old bartender named Brady. They later began communicating on Facebook, MySpace and a webcam site.
On four occasions between August 2010 and June 2011, Schnickel allegedly used his Minneapolis Police Officer password to look up information on the girl and her family. This unauthorized access of the Minnesota Drivers and Vehicle Services website could have let him find their home address and dates of birth, for example.
According to the complaint, Schnickel offered to buy alcohol for some of the girls in exchange for sex and he sent photos of his penis and asked for them to send nude pictures of themselves.
One 17-year-old girl agreed to meet Schnickel near Lifetime Fitness in Coon Rapids. He allegedly had alcohol in his car and put his hand under the girl’s shirt and bra when she got in. She pushed his hand away and he allegedly tried to touch her breasts a second time, but she left the car.
Authorities first became aware of Schnickel’s alleged misconduct in October 2012 when a 14-year-old girl told the Brooklyn Center Police Department about sexually explicit conversations with a man she knew from Facebook as Brady Schmidt.
Police executed search warrant at the Andover home where Schnickel was living early this year and have been combing through about 8,000 pages of Facebook chat logs and other electronic communications.
Schnickel was arraigned Feb. 9 in Anoka County District Court, the same day he was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department, on two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of attempted criminal sexual conduct in the third degree and three counts of engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child, all felonies.
He was arraigned May 16 in Anoka County on six felony charges of engaging in a sexual explicit conversation and/or acts with minors and another gross misdemeanor count of providing alcohol to one of them.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in April charged Schnickel with four counts of felony Internet or computer solicitation of children.
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