Ex-priest convicted of raping boy seeks new trial

William Casey

William Casey

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Roman Catholic priest William Casey is seeking a new trial on charges that he raped an altar boy in the 1970s.

Casey, who is 77, was sentenced to nearly 40 years in prison on his conviction in Sullivan County.

Attorney Richard Spivey filed a motion Dec. 22 in Circuit Court claiming Casey's conviction was based on insufficient evidence and violated the statute of limitations, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel.

A jury convicted Casey on Nov. 23 on charges of aggravated rape and criminal sexual misconduct.

He was accused by Warren Tucker of Jeffersonville, Ind., who claimed Casey molested him when he was 13 and 14 years old as was an altar boy at St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Kingsport.

Tucker went public with his claims.


Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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