Diocese says former Kingsport priest admits abuse; victim calls Rev. Casey 'master of deception'
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KINGSPORT — The Knoxville Diocese of the Catholic Church has stated that a retired priest, Rev. William Casey, has admitted to abusing a 10-year-old boy more than 25 years ago, while serving at St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Kingsport.
Warren Tucker, the now 44-year-old victim that came forward with the allegations, says the admission allows him to close a dark chapter of his life -- and will hopefully encourage other potential victims to speak out.
"I'm speechless at this point; I just heard about it a few minutes ago," Tucker said. "But my reaction is this is the happiest I've been in over 30 years. After living this out for over 30 years, and the hell this has caused my life, I couldn't been happier, really."
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The following report is from the Knoxville News Sentinel:
KNOXVILLE - A retired Catholic priest won't respond publicly to claims of sex abuse but said today that he'll do whatever police and church officials ask of him.
Father Bill Casey, 76, will never serve in any church post again after he admitted to abusing a 10-year-old boy more than 25 years ago, church officials said this morning. Catholics across East Tennessee will hear Casey's name from the pulpit this weekend as church officials try to determine how many children he might have abused years ago.
"This just goes to show that sometimes sin is in the places you least expect to find it," said Bishop Richard F. Stika, head of the Diocese of Knoxville. "It's insidious."
Read more at KnoxNews.com.
The following report is from the Associated Press:
KNOXVILLE (AP) — A retired Roman Catholic priest has acknowledged sexually abusing a boy at his Kingsport church more than 30 years ago and said there may be other victims, the bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville said Thursday.
The Rev. Bill Casey told church officials that molestation allegations made public a day earlier by a 44-year-old Indiana man are credible, Bishop Richard Stika said a news conference.
Stika urged anyone else who may have been abused by Casey to come forward.
Casey, who now lives in Greene County, has been permanently suspended from Catholic ministry.
He was pastor of St. Dominic Parish in Kingsport between 1976 and 1987.
Warren Tucker of Jeffersonville, Ind., has said he was abused for five years in the late 1970s beginning when he was a fifth-grader at the church school.
The Associated Press has a policy of not identifying victims of sex abuse, but Tucker agreed to have his name and hometown used.
The sheriff's office in Marion, N.C., has launched a criminal investigation of Casey.
Tucker said he was molested until he was about 15 years old, including during a trip with Casey to North Carolina. Tucker filed a criminal complaint against Casey there because North Carolina doesn't have a statute of limitations when a felony is involved, but Tennessee does.
The 76-year-old Casey spent time at six other parishes in East Tennessee in his 30-year career as an active priest before retiring in 1999. Since then, he has filled in at various parishes for vacationing priests.
Stika says local authorities have been notified of the accusations.
A letter by Stika encouraging other victims to come forward will be read at all weekend masses throughout the Diocese of Knoxville, which covers a wide swath of East Tennessee.