Posted at: 02/07/2013 12:10 PM
Updated at: 02/07/2013 7:50 PM
By: Scott Theisen
A Minneapolis Police Officer has been accused of first degree criminal sexual conduct.
Anoka County detectives arrested 32-year-old Bradley James Schnickel of Andover after being alerted by the Brooklyn Center Police Department that he had allegedly been sending inappropriate messages to a girl through social media.
Police say the investigation widened and multiple juvenile girls came forward, alleging sexual contact and penetration.
The case is still being investigated by the Anoka County Attorney’s Office, and Schnickel has not been charged.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau ordered an Internal Affairs investigation and said in a statement, "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."
Click here to read a statement from the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis.