A Minneapolis police officer accused with having sexual encounters with underage girls he met online was charged Friday with felonies, the Pioneer Press reports.
Bradley Schnickel was charged in Anoka County court on two charges of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, one charge of attempted third-degree criminal sexual conduct, and three counts of engaging in electronic communication relating to or describing sexual conduct with a child.
Authorities say that Schnickel had contact with at least four girls between the ages of 12 and 14. The Star Tribune reports that he initiated contact through social media sites, such as Twitter, by posing as a younger man. An investigation was launched into Schnickel's activities after a parent of one of the girls complained to police about her daughter having inappropriate contact with him via social networking.
Schnickel is currently being held in jail, and has been ordered to have no contact with girls, including his two daughters.