Molestation trial of former priest begins in Tenn.

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A judge in Blountville denied a defense attempt to delay a child molestation trial Monday because of the public reaction to jurors who acquitted Casey Anthony of a murder charge in Florida.

An eight-man six-woman jury was seated to hear the trial of a former East Tennessee priest charged with molesting a youth who served as an altar boy.

William Casey, a retired Catholic priest who lives in Greeneville, is charged with committing the crimes while serving as priest in Kingsport in the 1970s. Casey is now 77 years old.

Warren Tucker, 46, of Jeffersonville, Ind., has gone public with his claims that Casey molested him as a youth.

Defense attorney Rick Spivey argued Monday morning that what he called the "vilification" of jurors who acquitted Anthony last week in the death of her 2-year-old daughter make this an inappropriate time to try Casey. Sullivan County Criminal Court Judge Robert Montgomery denied Spivey's request.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The trial of a former East Tennessee priest charged with molesting a boy is beginning in Blountville.

Court convened for the start of the aggravated rape and sexual misconduct trial of 76-year-old William Casey on Monday, according to the Kingsport Times-News.

Warren Tucker of Jeffersonville, Ind., who has gone public with his claims that Casey molested him as a youth, says the abuse occurred when Casey was a priest at St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Kingsport in the 1970s. Tucker is now 46 years old. He reported his claims to the Kingsport Police Department in April 2010.

Casey pleaded not guilty to the Kingsport charges.

Casey entered guilty pleas to similar offenses in McDowell County, N.C., and faces more charges in Scott County, Va.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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