More charges against ex-Minneapolis police officer 19 Apr 13

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A former Minneapolis police officer is in jail on charges he used the Internet to try to solicit young girls in Hennepin County.

Thirty-two-year-old Bradley James Schnickel is charged with four felony counts of Internet or computer solicitation of children.

In February, Schnickel was charged in Anoka County with using the Internet to prey on at least four girls.

According to the Hennepin County complaint, Schnickel used aliases in cellphone and Facebook conversations with an 11-year-old Brooklyn Center girl. Prosecutors say the conversations were sexually explicit.

The complaint says Schnickel also had similar sexually explicit conversations through Facebook with a 14-year-old girl.

Schnickel was a five-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department.


He was in the Hennepin County Jail Thursday. His attorney did not immediately return a call for comment.