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Former Kingsport priest's child sex abuse sentencing postponed

August 22nd, 2011 10:34 am by Kacie Breeding

BLOUNTVILLE — The sentencing of a former Kingsport priest convicted in July of first-degree sexual misconduct and two counts of aggravated rape in Sullivan County Criminal Court has been postponed.

The judge announced he had agreed to postpone the sentencing of William Casey, 77, 740 Shakerag Road, Greeneville, to Oct. 7 after the attorneys advised there were a, "couple of issues both parties were not able to address." Also, the pre-sentencing report was not received 10 days in advance of the hearing date, as is required.

Casey has been incarcerated pending sentencing since his conviction, after a judge declined to grant him a bond. His charges alleged he began to sexually abuse a young altar boy shortly after becoming priest of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Kingsport in the 1970s. Sullivan County District Attorney Barry Staubus called the case “one of the most emotionally draining” that he’s ever handled, but said he believed the victim, Warren Tucker, now 46, has finally been “vindicated” after 35 years.

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