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Former Priest Wants Abuse Conviction Overturned

Former Priest Wants Abuse Conviction Overturned

CREATED Mar 28, 2014

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) - A former Catholic priest convicted of molesting an altar boy is asking the Tennessee Supreme Court to overturn his conviction.

William Casey was sentenced to 35-40 years in prison in 2011 after a jury found him guilty of criminal sexual misconduct and aggravated rape.

Warren Tucker has said Casey abused him for five years, beginning in 1975 when he was a fifth-grader and an altar boy at St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Kingsport. The AP does not usually identify victims of sexual abuse, but Tucker went public with his claims.

Casey also petitioned the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals claiming the victim waited too long to report the crime, but a panel upheld his conviction.

The Kingsport Times-News reported the state's high court hasn't yet decided whether to hear the appeal.

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