Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra chorus director arrested in undercover park-sex sting
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Lee E. Erickson, 58, of South Milwaukee followed an undercover Milwaukee County sheriff's deputy into a bathroom at Grant Park along Milwaukee's lakefront, exposed himself and began masturbating in front of the officer, according to the sheriff's department.
Erickson has directed the 150-member chorus since 1994, taking over for the late Margaret Hawkins after serving as her assistant for many years. He's also music director at St. Anthony's Church in Milwaukee.
He has been suspended as the symphony's chorus director pending the completion of the investigation, said Susan Loris, MSO vice president of marketing and communications. Erickson did not return a phone call Tuesday evening.
Erickson was among seven men arrested in the last two weeks in an undercover operation prompted by many complaints about sexual activity and solicitation in county parks, said Milwaukee County sheriff's spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin.
The arrests occurred at Shorewood's Estabrook Park, Wauwatosa's Underwood Park and Milwaukee's Whitnall Park.
Four more arrests were made Tuesday on lewd behavior accusations in Milwaukee County Parks.
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In looking for a photo, I found that St. Anthony's has posted a selection of fine choral pieces on youtube. The contrast between this story and the quality of music is chasmous.