June 8, 2022

Ex-college president gets 6 years for child enticement, porn

Former Franklin College President Thomas Minar in a mugshot from the Door County Sheriff's Office. - Courtesy of the Door County Sheriff's Office

Former Franklin College President Thomas Minar in a mugshot from the Door County Sheriff's Office.

Courtesy of the Door County Sheriff's Office

The former president of Indiana’s Franklin College has been sentenced to six years in prison after pleading no contest to child enticement and other charges following his arrest in a Wisconsin sex crime sting.

A Door County judge also sentenced Thomas Minar on Monday to six years of extended supervision. Minar, 58, had pleaded no contest in March to one count of child enticement and three counts of possession of child pornography.

Prosecutors said Minar was arrested by Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, police in January 2020, while trying to meet someone he thought was a 15-year-old boy after a sexually explicit chat through an online dating site.

According to court documents, the person Minar was trying to meet was actually an undercover police officer.

Minar was fired by Franklin College, a private, liberal arts college, shortly after his arrest. He had been the school’s president for five years and had previously announced plans to leave the school in June 2020.

Franklin College has an enrollment of about 1,000 students and is located in the city of Franklin, about 20 miles south of Indianapolis.

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