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Ex-Cop Gets Prison Time For Preying On Girls Over Facebook

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(credit: Anoka County Sheriff's Office)

(credit: Anoka County Sheriff’s Office)

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A former Minneapolis Police officer was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for using social media to prey on young girls.

Bradley Schnickel, 33, of Andover, pleaded guilty in Anoka County Court back in February to charges of criminal sexual conduct, attempted criminal sexual conduct and engaging in electronic communications relating to or describing sexual conduct with a child.

Investigators found more than 700 Facebook contacts Schnickel had made with middle school and high school-aged girls on his computer.

He admitted to posing as a younger man in his 20s, even though he was a decade older and married with children.

Judge James Cunningham sentenced Schnickel to 30 months in prison, or 20 months at a minimum with 10 months on supervised release. He was credited for 197 days served already.

He had already been sentenced to one year in the Hennepin County Workhouse after pleading guilty last summer to sending nude pictures of himself to two teenage girls.

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