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May 13, 2014

One previously sociable girl now keeps herself confined to her room. Another has been hospitalized four times for mental health struggles. A third said she’s lost trust in just about everyone she knows, according to the Grand Forks Herald.

Those are just a few of the ways that a man who was sworn to protect and serve has instead, preyed and destroyed. Those statements were read at the former Minneapolis police officer, Bradley Schnickel's sentencing Monday.

The Grand Forks Herald reports:

One girl’s parents wrote that their 13-year-old daughter was pursued for more than a year by Schnickel, who repeatedly pressured her to send nude pictures and to meet him in person.

When Schnickel was caught and eventually charged with crimes involving more than a dozen underage girls in February 2013, the parents wrote that the girl blamed herself.

“She was so ashamed. … She was afraid she had disappointed us,” the statement read. “It broke our hearts.”

After hearing from the victims, as well as emotional statements by Schnickel, 33, and his wife about his remorse and ongoing rehabilitation efforts, District Judge James Cunningham sentenced the father of two to 30 months in prison.

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The sentence is equally repugnant. After time served, this monster will only spend a little more than a year in prison for crimes that warrant much more time behind bars.

The sentence was significantly less than the nearly 12 years that Assistant Anoka County Attorney Paul Young argued was warranted for a man he described in court as a “person who attacks and preys on the vulnerable.”

The families of the victims were also frustrated seeing that DUI offenders often receive more time behind bars than this former cop.

Schnickel said in court Monday he was “disgusted at who (he) was” and apologized for his actions.

He called getting caught a “blessing.”

“I have deep remorse,” Schnickel said. “I live daily with the guilt and pain I caused so many people.”

Sure thing Schnickel, of course you are remorseful; not too mention, ecstatic that your former employment as a cop has granted you special privilege and you've escaped a decade behind bars for your horrific actions.