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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Wednesday, July 28, 2010
TN / NC predator priest pleads guilty; SNAP responds
Statement by David Clohessy, executive director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790)
We hope Warren realizes that his courage is protecting kids and exposing a predator. He should feel very proud of himself for finding the strength to speak up and having the wisdom to call police. Children are safer because of Warren’s bravery.
We also hope that others who saw, suspected or suffered Fr. Casey’s crimes and church officials’ complicity will come forward. Kids are best safeguarded when pedophiles like Casey are behind bars, and that will only happen if others with information about wrongdoing follow Warren’s lead and contact law enforcement.
It’s easy to do nothing. But that’s what child predators count on us doing. It’s crucial that adults who know about Casey’s crimes honor their civic and moral duty to speak up and stop future abuse.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We've been around for 22 years and have more than 9,000 members. Despite the word "priest" in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)
Retired East Tennessee priest pleads guilty to sexually abusing child
A retired East Tennessee priest accused of repeated sexual abuse of a child decades ago in Tennessee and once in North Carolina pleaded guilty Wednesday to the charge in McDowell County, North Carolina.
The victim, Warren Tucker, came forward with the allegation in April.
In return for his guilty plea to a charge of crimes against nature Wednesday, Casey was sentenced to three years in prison, but that sentence was suspended to 24 months of supervised probation.
Father Bill Casey has already been suspended from any priestly activities for life, according to the Knoxville Diocese, after admitting to sexually abusing a young parishioner from 1975 to 1980.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests