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.