The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Friday, September 3, 2010
TN predator priest arrested; SNAP responds
Statement by Mike Coode, SNAP Nashville Director (615 364 2334)
Today, prosecutors in Sullivan County Tennessee (northeastern) announced they’re filing child sex abuse charges against a Tennessee Catholic priest who spent time in the middle and eastern part of the state (and elsewhere).
He’s Fr. William C. Casey, who officially belongs to the Knoxville diocese. Casey is in custody now, we understand. (A photo of Casey is available at BishopAccountability.org)
We applaud Warren Tucker, a brave man who was assaulted as a child by Casey. Warren’s courage and tenacity are making kids safer by getting Casey prosecuted. We hope Warren’s bravery will inspire others who were hurt as kids to come forward, start healing and protect others.
We urge prosecutors – in every county where Casey worked - to investigate and charge him, where possible. We also hope law enforcement will probe and pursue every current or former church official who knew of or suspected Casey’s crimes but kept silent about them.
Whether such criminal charges against diocesan staff are possible is unclear. Whether such criminal probes, however, will deter future recklessness is virtually undeniable. When adults see law enforcement vigorously pursuing those who protect pedophiles, it makes other adults think twice before ignoring or concealing child sex crimes.
Every Catholic woman in Tennessee should put concern for potential child victims above her concern for herself, her parish, her diocese or her church. If she has any information about Casey’s crimes, she should immediately contact police and prosecutors so that Casey can be kept away from kids, now and in the future.
Every Catholic man in Tennessee should think less about his peers and more about his kids. He should bravely confront and break - instead of timidly prolonging -a dangerous pattern of secrecy that directly leads to devastating harm to the innocent.
Each adult, in every denomination, whether lay or ordained, should let no religious or personal or spiritual considerations trump his or her sacred moral duty to protect innocent kids from being raped and sodomized by anyone who allegedly represents God.
(Here’s a summary of the Casey case, according to BishopAccountability.org: Retired. Permanently removed 4/10 by Knoxville Bp after man filed criminal complaint in NC. He alleged that Casey abused him for 5 yrs beginning in 5th grade in 1975. Casey worked at St. Dominic's in Kingsport at the time; accuser said abuse also occurred during trip to NC. Casey admitted that allegation had credibility. Arrested 4/19/10 on NC charges. Pled guilty 7/29/10. 3 yrs prison suspended to 24 mo probation. Same accuser filed more charges 8/10 re abuse in VA.)
(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 10,000 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)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests