Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Victim testifies

Alleged victim testifies in hearing for former priest accused of sexual abuse
5:50 PM, Mar 21, 2011 |
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Warren Tucker testifying.

William Casey is accused of sexual abuse in Sullivan County.

The judge will announce his decision on whether the sexual abuse case against William Casey will move forward on Friday at 9 am.

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A man who has accused a former East Tennessee priest of sexually abusing him testified in a Sullivan County court Monday.

Warren Tucker recalled events in the 1970's and 1980's involving William Casey for most of the morning.

"Very well liked; very regarded. A large congregation. I was a poor kid on the wrong side of the tracks, sort of speak," testified Warren Tucker.

Judge Robert Montgomery is hearing the defense's argument to dismiss the case against Casey on the premise that too much time had elapsed between the alleged abuse and the report of it.

Assistant District Attorney Barry Staubus questioned Tucker first. Then defense attorney Rick Spivey began the cross-examination around 11:50 a.m.

Casey is also being tried in Scott County, Virginia.

He pleaded guilty last year to "crimes against nature" in McDowell County, North Carolina.

In April of last year, Casey was suspended from Catholic ministry for life and can no longer function as a priest, or represent the church in any way.

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