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Child sex abuse trial of former Kingsport priest begins Monday

July 9th, 2011 3:19 pm by Kacie Breeding

The trial of a former Kingsport priest accused of sexually abusing an altar boy 30 years ago is set to begin on Monday.

William Casey, 76, 740 Shakerag Road, Greeneville, is charged with first-degree sexual misconduct and two counts of aggravated rape in Sullivan County Criminal Court. He was indicted on Aug. 31, 2010, and arrested the following month.

Casey’s charges stem from allegations reported by Warren Tucker, 46, of Jeffersonville, Ind., who has previously addressed the media about his claims. He alleges that Casey began to sexually abuse him shortly after becoming priest of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Kingsport in the 1970s. Tucker has said the alleged abuse occurred when he was an altar boy there, between 10 and 15 years of age. At the time, his mother was romantically involved with Casey, he said.

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