Priest Convicted of Child Sex Abuse in McDowell Faces More Charges

The Citizen-Times
September 8, 2010

BLOUNTVILLE, TENN. — A Catholic priest convicted in McDowell County of molesting a boy more than 30 years ago now faces child sex abuse charges in Tennessee.

A Sullivan County grand jury handed down indictments charging William Casey with one count of criminal sexual conduct and two counts of aggravated rape.

Casey, 76, was jailed on a $100,000 bond. The indictment alleges the acts took place between 1978 and 1980.

Casey was sentenced to probation in July in McDowell County after pleading guilty to committing a crime against nature in the 1970s in Little Switzerland.

He also has pleaded not guilty in Scott County, Va., to charges of sodomy and indecent liberties with a minor, both felonies.

All of the charges resulted from reports to authorities by Warren Tucker of Jeffersonville, Ind., who grew up in Tennessee. Tucker said he was abused in that state and on trips to North Carolina and Virginia.

Tucker traveled to Knoxville, Tenn., earlier this year to report to Casey's bishop that the priest had sexually abused him repeatedly in the late 1970s and 1980. Bishop Richard F. Stika immediately removed Casey from all ministry duties after saying the priest "admitted to the fact of abuse."

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