Former Westland, Canton priest accused of sexual abuse to appear in court

Canton Observer

June 18, 2019

By Susan Vela

Patrick Casey, a former priest in Canton and Westland, returns to court on Thursday because of apparent sexual conduct during another man’s confession.

A preliminary examination is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. in 18th District Court.

Casey, 55, faces a felony charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. According to an affidavit, he engaged in sexual acts, including oral sex, with a man in his 20s whom he was counseling during confession at the now-closed church.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel named Casey as one of five men once priests charged with 21 counts of criminal sexual conduct in May. He faces 15 years in prison if convicted.

According to an affidavit, Case became an ordained priest in 1997. He served as pastor of the St Thomas a’Becket Catholic parish in Canton before moving to St. Theodore of Canterbury in Westland in August 2012.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.