Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hearing delayed

Priest William Casey faces hearing in 1970s-era molestation case
By News Sentinel staff
Knoxville News Sentinel
Posted March 14, 2011 at 2:18 p.m.
BLOUNTVILLE - A scheduled motions hearing for a former East Tennessee Catholic priest accused of molesting a boy more than 30 years ago has been delayed.

The hearing for 76-year-old William Casey was to take place this morning but has been continued until March 21, said Sullivan County District Attorney General H. Greeley Wells, Jr.

Casey, of Greeneville, faces aggravated rape and first-degree sexual misconduct charges, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

Today's hearing, which was set for 8 a.m., was reset because Casey's defense attorney got tied up in a federal court hearing, Wells said.

Warren Tucker of Jeffersonville, Ind., who has gone public with his allegations against Casey, said the abuse began when he was 10 years old in the 1970s and lasted five years. In that time, Casey was a priest at St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Kingsport.

Casey has been suspended from ministry.

During next week's hearing, a judge will determine whether the charges against Casey were brought outside the statute of limitation and whether the case will be dismissed, Wells said.

Casey has already been indicted, pleaded guilty and been convicted on charges in North Carolina. He was sentenced to probation for those charges.

He was also indicted in Scott County, Va., last year and is set to go to trial on charges there in mid-July, Wells said.

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