Fairbanks priest in alcohol treatment after arrest

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks priest is in an alcohol treatment program following his arrest earlier this year on a charge of driving under the influence.

The Rev. Sean Patrick Thomson pleaded guilty last month to reckless driving as part of a plea agreement.

Court records show the former University of Alaska priest was sentenced to 10 days in jail, but he will receive credit for that time by undergoing alcohol abuse treatment. He also received two years' probation.

Thomson's attorney, Zane Wilson, called it a "fair resolution."

Ronnie Rosenberg, director of human resources for the Fairbanks diocese, said Thomson's duties, when he returns, will depend in part on the recommendations of his treatment program. She told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1oLujYo ) Thomson will not return to the university.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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