Retired Priest Pleads Not Guilty to Flashing Charges

May 23, 2016

A retired priest with the Green Bay Catholic Diocese has pleaded not guilty to four felony charges of Exposing Genitals to a Child.

Richard Thomas, 78, appeared in a Brown County court room Monday for an arraignment hearing.

Thomas was arrested in April. According to a criminal complaint, Thomas exposed himself to a 16-year-old boy on March 14, 15, 16 and 17.

The teen told investigators it happened while he walked to school past Grellinger Hall in Allouez. The boy said he saw a naked man standing in one of the windows. Grellinger Hall is an independent living facility for retired priests.

The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay released a statement after Thomasís arrest, saying the retired priest has been restricted from performing public ministry pending the outcome of the investigation.

A final pre-trial is scheduled for July 19.








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