Mpls cop Bradley Schnickel, 32, allegedly got 14-year-old girl drunk before sex [UPDATE]
Schnickel allegedly solicited pre-teen girls for sex on Facebook.
Minneapolis Police Officer Bradley Schnickel has been charged with sex felonies in connection with social media and sexual relationships he allegedly had with young girls.
According to Fox 9's Tom Lyden, in one instance, Schnickel allegedly got a 14-year-old girl drunk before having sex with her. The 32-year-old Schnickel lied about his age and told the girl he was 22.
Schnickel faces six felony counts, including two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of attempted third-degree criminal sexual conduct, as well as three further counts of engaging in electronic communication relating to or describing sexual conduct with a child...
Authorities said when Schnickel figured out that police were investigating him last month, he went back to the victims and told them to deny everything.
Authorities say Schnickel had sex with some of the girls, but not all of them, but said it's possible there may be more victims.
According to the Star Tribune, Schnickel was placed on paid administrative leave January 24 -- two weeks before he was arrested. He was most recently assigned to work in North Minneapolis.
Schnickel "tried to intimidate girls he had sex with," Lyden reports. His bail has been set at $500,000 without conditions, or $250,000 on the condition that he has no contact with girls, including his young daughters.
KARE reports that Schnickel's wife was in attendance at the courtroom during his appearance today.
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It isn't clear whether Schnickel was fired or resigned, but one way or the other, he's no longer a Minneapolis cop.
Late this morning, MPD spokesman Stephen McCarty tweeted this:
Schnickel is not employed by the City, his last date of employment is February 8, 2013.
-- SGT Stephen McCarty (@MPD_PIO_McCarty) February 8, 2013
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