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Minneapolis cop arrested for sexual conduct with girls ages 12 to 14

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    Minneapolis Police Officer Brad Schnickel appeared in Anoka County court Friday morning to face charges on allegations he had sex with a 14-year-old girl and sexual contact with three other girls.
    Minneapolis Police Officer Brad Schnickel appeared in Anoka County court Friday morning to face charges on allegations he had sex with a 14-year-old girl and sexual contact with three other girls, ages 13 and 14 he met on Facebook, Skype and Tinychat.
ANDOVER, Minn. (KMSP) -

A Minneapolis police officer has been arrested and accused of having sexual relations with multiple underage girls, as young as 12 years old, in Anoka County.

Bradley James Schnickel, 32, was arrested Wednesday at the Andover, Minn. home he shares with his wife and young children after Brooklyn Center police identified him as the man sending inappropriate messages to an underage girl over social media.

The investigation widened and multiple girls were identified as potential victims. Anoka County investigators now believe there are a half-dozen girls between the ages of 12 and 14, with at least three involved in sexual contact.

"Our detectives began an investigation subpoenaing records from social media contacts that involved 9,000 pages of data," said Anoka County Sheriff's Cmdr. Paul Sommer. "(The data) showed he was not only talking to them but meeting them."

Schnickel was booked into the Anoka County Jail for criminal sexual conduct, with charges expected Friday. Since he's a cop, Schnickel is being kept in segregation from the other inmates.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau has placed Officer Schnickel on administrative leave and ordered an internal affairs investigation.

"If the alleged criminal charges are true, it is horrific and goes against everything the Minneapolis Police Department represents, our core values and our mission," Harteau said. "This should not reflect upon the women and men of this department, who truly want to serve this community with integrity. Our community deserves better and the members of this department deserve better. We must have public trust to effectively serve our communities and I will decisively take action whenever that is jeopardized."

Schnickel is a five-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department. He was last assigned to the Fourth Precinct as a patrol officer, where coworkers call him a "great cop."

He does have three disciplinary complaints against him -- two for use of force. He's also received a Medal of Valor.

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