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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Alleged predator priest now works in KC
Catholic officials gave $3 million to his two victims
Accused man has never been “outed” here in MO before
Cleric is also apparently involved with Special Olympics locally
Victims want diocese to alert public and parishioners about him
There’s still a chance he may face criminal charges in Wisconsin
SNAP also wants bishop to put names of all predators on his website
They will prod Catholic officials – here and elsewhere – to
The victims will also ask Kansas City’s bishop to permanently post on his website the names, whereabouts and status of all child molesting clerics, including this man
He is Thomas Ericksen and he’s been formally removed from the priesthood. A reporter recently asked Ericksen if he admitted the accusations. Ericksen initially replied “I have no comment.” He later denied the allegations but said “I thought that was all settled in the courts.
The two Wisconsin victims, Paul and James Eck, are just speaking publicly about the abuse now. They are also trying to pursue criminal charges against Ericksen.
According to the News Tribune, “Ericksen has posted detailed biographies of himself on the social and professional networking sites MySpace and LinkedIn, listing his e-mail address and MySpace handle as ‘saint_tom.’ He lists himself as a graduate of St. Francis Seminary and a “Holy Reverend Priest of God” from 1973 to 1983, the same year Paul Eck alleges he was molested. Ericksen writes that he moved to Minneapolis and worked at AT&T as a customer service specialist for 20 years before relocating to Kansas City, where he lists himself as working for the Census.” He attended college in WI and seminary in KY
(Copies of the biographies will be provided at the news conference, along with Ericksen’s photo.)
SNAP wants Kansas City’s Catholic church officials to use their websites and parish bulletins to alert their flock about Ericksen’s presence here and his crimes. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:d3YW6_fVikEJ:www.linkedin.com/in/tomericksen+St.+Francis+Seminary+and+a+%E2%80%9CHoly+Reverend+Priest+of+God%E2%80%9D&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
2) SNAP is also asking Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn to do what 24 other bishops have done, and post on his website, for the sake of public safety, the names, whereabouts and priestly status of child molesting clerics who are or have been in the area. Over the past eight years, some two dozen US Catholic prelates have taken this step, which SNAP considers a simple, inexpensive, common sense way to safeguard kids.
According to a Boston-based independent research group called BishopAccoutnabilty.org, there are 14 publicly accused Kansas City MO diocesan child molesting clerics. SNAP notes that the actual number of area pedophile priests is likely much higher because BishopAccountability.org lists only those clerics against whom allegations have been lodge in the public domain – in civil lawsuits, criminal prosecution or news accounts.
In 2002, Baltimore became the first US diocese to disclose names. A good current example is the Philadelphia archdiocese: http://archphila.org/protection/Updates/update_main.htm. Here is a list of all the dioceses that have disclosed names: http://www.bishop-accountability.org/AtAGlance/lists.htm
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests