January 18, 2005

Police: Priest investigated in possible crime involving children

Duluth News Tribune

Associated Press

HUDSON, Wis. - A Catholic priest who killed himself after police questioned him about an unsolved double murder was under investigation for a possible crime involving a child or children, the police chief said Tuesday.

Hudson Police Chief Richard Trende told The Associated Press detectives interviewed the Rev. Ryan Erickson last fall after receiving an allegation involving the priest and a minor or minors.

He would not specify what type of possible crime was under investigation or how the allegation surfaced.

Erickson, 31, was found hanged Dec. 19 outside his rectory at St. Mary's Church in Hurley in far northern Wisconsin.

Just days earlier, Erickson was interviewed by Hudson detectives about the shooting deaths of Dan O'Connell, 39, and James Ellison, 22, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in February 2002.

Posted by kshaw at January 18, 2005 05:20 PM