Fr. Thomas Edward Ericksen

Ordained: 1973
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Superior WI

Accused of molesting three boys in 1983 while assigned to St. Peter’s in Winter, WI. Two accusers sued; settled in 1989 for nearly $3M. Removed from priesthood 1988. In 6/10 two men claimed rape. Efforts underway 7/10 to extradite him from MO. Left WI in 1983. Lived in MN, MO and Indonesia. Denied allegations. “Partially confessed” in 2016. Charged 11/16/18 with sexually assaulting altar boys at St. Peter’s 1982-83. In 12/18 judge ordered trial. Three new accusers 1/19 alleging abuse late 1970s-early 1980s. Pled not guilty 3/19 to four open cases. Convicted. Sentenced in 9/19 to 30 years in prison. Parole hearing scheduled for 4/20. Accused of abuse of a boy, age 9, in the hospital in the late 1970s.


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