East Tennessee Priest Charged With A First Degree Sex Offense, More Charges Possible
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A retired Roman Catholic priest has
been charged with first-degree sex offense and crime against nature
after allegations were made that he sexually assaulted a boy from
his Kingsport parish more than 30 years ago.
The charges against the Rev. Bill Casey were included in a
warrant filed in McDowell County, N.C. Capt. Victor Hollifield said
there are other charges pending as well.
Authorities there began investigating Casey last fall after an
Indiana man said he was molested by the priest in Tennessee and
North Carolina during the late 1970s.
Bishop Richard Stika banned Casey from serving as a priest after
Casey acknowledged the credibility of the abuse allegations last
week. Stika said there may be other victims.
The Greeneville Sun reported that Casey was detained Monday
morning in Greene County on a fugitive from justice warrant.
Sheriff's department officials said he was being held without
bond, and court officials said he had agreed to be extradited.