Former Superior Diocese priest arrested for assault charges in the early 1980s

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A former priest with several allegations of sexual abuse beginning in the 1980s was arrested Friday on sexual assault charges.

The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office says Thomas E. Ericksen, 71, was charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child, second-degree sexual assault against a child and second-degree sexual assault of an unconscious victim. These three charges stem from complaints reported between June of 1982 to September of 1983.
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