Anoka County appeals ex-officer's 30-month sentence as too short for online sex crimes

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ANOKA, Minnesota — The Anoka County attorney's office is appealing a 30-month prison sentence that it says is too short for a former Minneapolis police officer who used social media to try to lure girls into sexual encounters.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports (http://bit.ly/1x2GTm8 ) 34-year-old Bradley Schnickel reached a plea deal and was sentenced in May. State sentencing guidelines call for 8 ½ to about 12 years in prison for the convictions of criminal or attempted criminal sexual conduct and electronic solicitation of a minor.

The county says the judge's sentencing explanation lacked legal standing and that he abused his discretion. It says the sentence understates Schnickel's crimes.

The defense is asking for the appeal to be dismissed and says the judge set a sentence within the range agreed upon in the plea deal.


Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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