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Sexual abuse accusations against Erickson go back decades

Thomas Richard Erickson, 69, was accused of sexually abusing young boys over the past several decades at his Nisswa home in 2011.

Erickson was charged Aug. 26 with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Investigators interviewed the four victims, who are now adults, who reported that Erickson sexually assaulted them when they were young and were staying at his house. The ages of the victims at the time of the assaults ranged from 6-14 years old. Police believe there may be more victims, as Erickson estimated he had sexual contact with about 10 boys altogether and that he was sexually attracted to children.

After the story broke, Erickson told the Dispatch in an interview that some of the charges against him may be true but are not as bad as court records state in the case.

He also said the crimes took place a long time ago and there have been no recent incidents.

Erickson’s next court appearance will be 1:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in Crow Wing County District Court.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at jennifer.stockinger@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5851.

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