published Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Ex-priest who once was in Chattanooga convicted in Tennessee sex abuse case

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BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. — A former Roman Catholic priest was convicted today of raping an altar boy more than three decades ago.

A jury in Blountville returned its verdict after about seven hours of deliberation, convicting William Casey of two counts of aggravated rape and one count of criminal sexual misconduct. Casey served Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Chattanooga as associate pastor from 1969 to 1972.

Casey did not testify in his own defense.

The Associated Press does not routinely identify people who allege they are victims of sex crimes, but 46-year-old Warren Tucker of Jeffersonville, Ind., has gone public with claims that Casey molested him. Tucker was a teenager and attended the church school at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Kingsport when Casey was the senior priest there in the 1970s.

Shortly after the verdict was rendered, Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville released a statement in which he said Tucker deserves closure.

“We are brokenhearted at the pain and tragedy Mr. Tucker has experienced over the past years, and we sincerely hope that today’s verdict will bring some healing to him,” Stika wrote.

He also said church officials have cooperated fully with state investigators since the case surfaced and will continue to do so.

The 77-year-old Casey earlier pleaded guilty to similar North Carolina charges and faces prosecution on sex charges in Virginia.

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nucanuck said...

Why do read about so much deviant behavior in the Catholic Church?

July 14, 2011 at 5:07 p.m.

nucanuck, because the Baptists cover it up.

July 14, 2011 at 7:16 p.m.
maryjanp said...

@nucanuck, You always hear about it in Catholic church because it is the largest in the world. It actually happens more in protestant churches. I believe I read 1.5% in Catholic church and 2.5% in protestant church. People up North could care less about a story regarding a Baptist, etc church down south. I guess as I have heard about 3 cases in the Chattanooga area in the last 15 years in Baptist churches. Anthing bad happen in Catholic church seems to make the news all over the world.

July 14, 2011 at 8:25 p.m.
01centare said...

nucanuck said... Why do read about so much deviant behavior in the Catholic Church?

Deviant behavior and other anti-social behaviors take place within all denomination, nucaanuck. Just as deviant and anti-social behaviors take place at all levels of general society and all profession. In a way, society has itself to blame for it all. Society places people on such high pedastals because of their profession that they've actually provided the ultimate cover for such acts to take place.

In the past families turned on fellow family members attempting to report such abuses. Some families went as far as to kick their own children out of the home. Society turns on fellow citizens when they've tried to report abuses of anyone in a position of authority.

We have this mental image of what a deviant individual is suppose to look like. That image doesn't include any member of any clergy, police officer, doctor, or teacher. That's why so many have gotten away with it for so long. Their profession provides the ultimate cover for them. Just remember: Take away the title and see what you have. Mere humans with the same flaws, shortcomings an dysfunction that infects the general population.

July 14, 2011 at 9:25 p.m.
NoMyth said...
<p>@nucanuck....because in the roman catholic church the priests cannot be married. this has led to a large number of the priests being homosexuals, many of whom cannot control themselves when around young boys. I think the restriction on marriage is a relatively recent requirement established under a previous Pope, possibly in the 1600-1700s. Obviously, they need to repeal that requirement and allow the priests to be in a traditional marriage. This will ensure more heterosexual men can enter the priesthood and, presumably, they will have fewer 'issues'. I guess an alternative would be to keep the homosexual priests and then switch the altar boys to altar girls!

July 14, 2011 at 10:28 p.m.
Liz1229 said...

Now hang on NoMyth, I know/have known many a gay man in my life and none of them felt compelled to become Catholic priests...I've also never had to put any of them on a leash when young boys walk by. Priests who sexually abuse altar boys don't do it because they're gay or because they can't get married; priests who sexually abuse altar boys do it because they are sexual predators, just like the thousands of protestants, Jews, atheists, heterosexuals, homosexuals, husbands, wives, boyfriends,and so on who are also on the sex offenders registry. The majority of adults do not sexually abuse children, and the same is true of Catholic priests. An interesting article:

July 15, 2011 at 4:40 a.m.
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