The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Monday, March 14, 2011
Pedophile priest case is delayed; SNAP responds
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
For the safety of innocent children and the healing of wounded adults, we hope there are no more unnecessary delays in this case.
Warren Tucker did what the overwhelming majority of child sex abuse victims do. He tried to cope with the confusing, overwhelming pain and shame as best he could. He tried to numb the pain through drugs and liquor. He was intimidated by the power and influence of well-educated, well-spoken, well-regarded Catholic officials. These are common and perfectly understandable responses to having been severely violated as a child by an allegedly celibate, holy priest.
Warren has nothing to be ashamed of. What’s important is that he is taking hard, brave steps now to protect other kids and expose corruption and heal himself. Warren is to be commended for doing all he can do to get a dangerous child molesting cleric off the streets and behind bars.
Let’s hope that others who saw, suspected or suffered Casey’s crimes will find the strength that Warren has found to step out of the shadows, contact law enforcement, safeguard the vulnerable, and expose the truth.
(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 23 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 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, firstname.lastname@example.org), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
Decision on dismissal of former Kingsport priest's sex abuse charges delayed
By Kacie Breeding - March 14th, 2011
A former Kingsport priest and the man he allegedly sexually abused as a child 30 years ago will have to wait a while longer to hear whether a Blountville judge will dismiss pending rape and sexual misconduct charges.
William “Bill” Casey, 76, 740 Shakerag Road, Greeneville, is charged with first-degree sexual misconduct and two counts of aggravated rape. The charges stem from allegations that he sexually abused a boy shortly after becoming priest of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Kingsport in the 1970s.
A hearing on a motion defense attorney Rick Spivey filed seeking dismissal of Casey's charges began Feb. 25, and was scheduled to resume Monday morning. However, Spivey had to be in U.S. District Court in Greeneville Monday morning, and federal court takes precedence over lesser courts.
Spivey had expected to be back in Montgomery's court by around 10 a.m., but the hearing in Greenville kept him away until just before noon. That's when the judge opted to reset the case for a week, citing the need to allow plenty of time for both sides to present their respective positions.
Before dismissing for lunch, Montgomery reiterated the purpose of the hearing, and highlighted some of the factors that will weigh into his decision. Montgomery said the purpose of the hearing will be to decide whether a preaccusatorial delay has violated Casey's constitutional rights to due process.
In making his decision, Montgomery said he would look at the length of and reason for the delay, and the degree of prejudice the delay has caused to Casey.
The alleged victim, Warren Tucker, now 44, wrote in a statement included in Casey's court file that he is "angry" with himself because he did not come forward earlier. He describes resorting to drugs and alcohol as he fought a losing battle to keep the pain and memories to himself, for fear that he would not be believed.
Meanwhile, there is a new face at the defense table. Prior to Monday's postponement, Spivey gained the court's permission for his son, Matthew Spivey, an attorney licensed in Georgia, to assist him with the case.
Rick Spivey said he chose to temporarily employ his son's services on the Casey case because he excels at legal research. He pointed out that Matthew Spivey has filed all the legal briefs - examples of prior court decisions cited in favor of their argument for dismissal - in the case.
Tucker’s allegations were made public in April 2010. By that time Casey had retired from the Notre Dame Parish in Greeneville. He was subsequently suspended from the Catholic ministry pending completion of the laicization process.
Casey has already pleaded guilty to similar offenses committed against Tucker in McDowell County, N.C., and he has additional charges pending in Scott County, Va.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests