Crow Wing District Judge David Ten Eyck told Thomas Richard Erickson — who was sentenced Monday for sexually abusing young boys over the past several decades at his Nisswa home — that his acts were “unspeakable.”
Erickson, who was scheduled to begin his jury trial Monday, June 17, entered into a plea agreement and Ten Eyck sentenced him on the same day. Ten Eyck sentenced him to 21 months in prison on the first count involving a 11-year-old boy who was abused in 1984-85; 58 months in prison on the second count involving a boy who was in second through sixth grade in 1990-95 when he was abused; and 75 months for the third count for a boy, who is 23 now and who was abused during the years of 1996-2005.
The sentences are concurrent. Erickson will be in supervised confinement for 50 months or two-thirds of his 75-month sentence, and if he displays good behavior he will serve the remaining one-third of the sentence on supervised probation. The judge also imposed a five-year supervised probation that will begin once he is released from prison.
Erickson’s attorney, Chuck Halvorson, read through all of Erickson’s rights before he signed the plea agreement with the case that included 28 counts of criminal sexual conduct against him involving the three victims. Halvorson asked Erickson yes and no answers and Erickson answered yes to all of them.
Erickson had no recollection of what happened with the first victim, but pleaded guilty because of the substantial evidence the state had against him.
Erickson admitted to having criminal sexual conduct with the second victim on multiple occasions where the boy stayed at his residence 10 or more times where criminal sexual conduct occurred. He admitted they had a significant relationship.
Erickson admitted to having criminal sexual conduct with the third victim where he had a significant relationship with the victim. Erickson admitted that the victim stayed over night on and off from 1998-2005, where he engaged in criminal sexual conduct.
“We’re happy to have a conviction,” Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan said. “We hope this brings closure to all the victims and to the ones we couldn’t help because of the statutes of limitations.”