Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Retired East Tennessee priest pleads guilty to sexually abusing child

Retired East Tennessee priest pleads guilty to sexually abusing child
WBIR.com Updated: 7/28/2010 11:45:16 AM Posted: 7/28/2010 11:19:18 AM

A retired East Tennessee priest accused of repeated sexual abuse of a child decades ago in Tennessee and once in North Carolina pleaded guilty Wednesday to the charge in McDowell County, North Carolina.

The victim, Warren Tucker, came forward with the allegation in April.

In return for his guilty plea to a charge of crimes against nature Wednesday, Casey was sentenced to three years in prison, but that sentence was suspended to 24 months of supervised probation.


Father Bill Casey has already been suspended from any priestly activities for life, according to the Knoxville Diocese, after admitting to sexually abusing a young parishioner from 1975 to 1980.

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