HAYWARD — A former priest
accused of sexually assaulting young boys in Wisconsin
decades ago has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
The Wausau Daily Herald
reports that 72-year-old Thomas Ericksen received the
maximum sentence Thursday on two charges of sexually
assaulting young boys while stationed at St. Peter's
Catholic Church in Winter in the late 70s and early 80s.
He must register as a sex offender for life.
Four men testified Thursday
about how the assaults affected their lives. One of the
victims went public for the first time.
Ericksen apologized to the
victims in court and said he has come to realize the
impact the assaults had on victims. At least 11 men claim
they were abused by Ericksen during his time in the
Ericksen was removed from
the priesthood in 1988.