Updated: 10/25/2013 4:20 PM
Created: 10/25/2013 3:47 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
The former Minneapolis police officer accused of preying on teen girls was sentenced to one year in the Hennepin County workhouse on Friday.
Bradley Schnickel, 33, of Andover pleaded guilty to two counts of Internet or computer solicitation of children, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.
Friday's sentencing was part of a plea deal and he will be on probation for six years. Schnickel also cannot have unsupervised contact with minors, other than his own children. His computer use will also be monitored.
Just before his sentencing, Schnickel made a statement, “I deeply regret my actions,” and that the fact he had robbed “these girls of their innocence weighs heavily on me.”
According to the criminal complaint, Schnickel started communicating with two different Brooklyn Center girls, one 11 and one 14, through Facebook in July 2012.
He told them he liked young girls and quickly turned the conversation to sex and included pictures of himself and his genitals.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office filed four counts of the Internet solicitation charge against Schnickel and dropped the other two for his guilty plea on June 13.
If he violates his probation, he could face 15 months in prison for one count and 20 months on the second count. He was sentenced to three years of probation on each count, to run consecutively.
Schnickel faces more than 20 similar charges in cases filed in Anoka County. His trial there is scheduled for February.
He was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department in February 2013, after the charges were filed.