October 05, 2005

Priest Had History Of Sexual Abuse Allegations


Nelson Garcia

(WCCO) Hudson, Wis. Police files in the case of the Hudson, Wis. funeral home murders show a priest who likely killed two people had a history of sexual abuse allegations.

The investigation files, totaling thousands of pages, were opened after a judge ruled Rev. Ryan Erickson likely killed Dan O'Connell, 39, and James Ellison, 22, inside the O'Connell Family Funeral Home more than three years ago.

In the end, the investigation files all point to Erickson, but Hudson Police Chief Dick Trende said what is most interesting in the files is what happened before the murders.

"The alcohol issue, providing alcohol in the rectory, I was surprised by that," Trende said.

The files show Erickson admitted to bringing underage boys to the rectory of St. Patrick's Church and served them alcohol.

Posted by kshaw at October 5, 2005 09:00 AM