October 09, 2005

Area woman surprised by allegations against priest

The Reporter

By Joann Schrauth
special to the reporter

CAMPBELLSPORT — Lisa Cherti says that what she is hearing these days about the Rev. Ryan Erickson does not sound like the boy she knew from Campbellsport High School.

Cherti, who now lives in Juneau, Wis., said she has been following recent news stories of the investigation that connects Erickson, a Campbellsport native, with the funeral home murders of two men in Hudson, Wis., and his own death by hanging in late 2004 at Hurley, Wis.

She said none of it makes sense to her. In an e-mail message sent to The Reporter, Cherti said, “It’s just ridiculous and absurd.”

She said she went to Campbellsport High School with Erickson. She left Campbellsport in 1991 and said Erickson graduated in 1992.

“For Halloween, he dressed up as a nun,” Cherti recalled. “I dressed as a bunny. He was so fun loving, so happy. He always wanted to help people.”

Posted by kshaw at October 9, 2005 09:15 AM