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Schnickel facing five new felonies

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May 25, 2013 at 12:15 pm

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) A former Minneapolis police officer accused of using social media to try to lure girls into sexual encounters has been charged with five new felony charges — bringing his number of alleged victims to 20.

The new charges against 32-year-old Bradley Schnickel involve seven victims and include one allegation that he had sex with a 16-year-old.

The Coon Rapids girl was 15 when Schnickel approached her in 2010 while she was roller blading. The charges say they began interacting through social media, then had sex multiple times in the summer of 2011.

After a hearing this month in Anoka County, prosecutor Paul Young said Schnickel used police equipment to find some alleged victims.

Schnickel's attorney, Fred Bruno, says his client is undergoing psychiatric evaluation.

Schnickel is a former Glencoe police officer who holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from St. Cloud State

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