Former Wisconsin Priest Arrested in Minnesota on Sexual Assault Charges

Former Wisconsin Priest Arrested in Minnesota on Sexual Assault Charges Photo: KSTP

November 16, 2018 09:26 PM

A former Wisconsin priest who was living in Minneapolis was arrested in Hennepin County Friday after being charged with sexual assault in Wisconsin.

Seventy-one-year-old Thomas Edward Ericksen has been charged with second-degree sexual assault of an unconscious victim, second-degree sexual assault against a child and first-degree sexual assault against a child, according to court records.

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According to Jeff Anderson & Associates, a law firm which represents victims of sexual abuse, Ericksen was ordained in 1973 and worked in Wisconsin parishes until 1988, when he was permanently removed from ministry.


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The Sawyer County, Wisconsin district attorney filed charges and issued an arrest warrant Friday. According to Anderson & Associates, police in Wisconsin had been investigating Ericksen since 2010.

Ericksen is being held in Hennepin County. Court records show he was living in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis.

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