Ex-priest William Casey seeks new trial on child rape conviction

Ex-priest William Casey seeks new trial on child rape conviction

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William Casey at his sentencing hearing in November. William Casey at his sentencing hearing in November.

BLOUNTVILLE (WATE) - Former Roman Catholic priest William Casey wants a new trial on charges that he raped an altar boy in the 1970s.

Casey, 77, was sentenced in November to at least 35 years in prison on his conviction in Sullivan County.

A motion for a new trial was filed by Casey's attorney, Richard Spivey, on Dec. 22 in Sullivan County Circuit Court.

The motion claims Casey's conviction was based on insufficient evidence and violated the statute of limitations.

The attorney also contends the court failed to protect Casey's constitutional rights by not allowing cross examination of Warren Tucker, the man who claimed Casey molested him when Tucker was 13 and 14 years old.

Tucker served as an altar boy at St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Kingsport when Casey was a priest there in the 1970s.

Tucker went public with his claims several years later.

Casey was convicted in July on aggravated rape and sexual misconduct charges. He was sentenced on Nov. 23.

The former priest pleaded guilty in July 2010 to crimes against nature in North Carolina and he's still facing charges in Scott County, Virginia. Both cases involve William Tucker.

Casey served as a priest in several East Tennessee parishes, including Chattanooga, Greeneville, Rogersville, Farragut, Newport and Kingsport.

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