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Jury seated in child sex abuse trial of former Kingsport priest despite delay attempt

July 11th, 2011 1:07 pm by Kacie Breeding

An eight-man, six woman jury has been picked to hear the case of a former Kingsport priest accused of sexually abusing a boy more than 30 years ago. The panel was seated late Monday after an attempt to delay the trial based on the general public's disgruntled attitude toward jurors in the Casey Anthony case proved unsuccessful.

William Casey, 78, 740 Shakerag Road, Greeneville, is being tried on first-degree sexual misconduct and two counts of aggravated rape in Sullivan County Criminal Court this week. The charges allege Casey began to sexually abuse a young altar boy shortly after becoming priest of St. Dominic's Catholic Church in the 1970s.

The alleged victim, Warren Tucker, 46, of Jeffersonville, Ind., has said the alleged abuse occurred when he was between 10 and 15 years of age. At that time, his mother was romantically involved with Casey, he said.

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