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Knoxville Bishop: Retired priest admits to sexual abuse

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KNOXVILLE (WBIR/WRCB) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville said Thursday morning a retired priest admitted there is truth in the allegations of a former parishioner who said he was sexually abused by that priest.

Father Bill Casey is no longer a priest, Bishop Richard Stika said Thursday morning. Stika also said there may be other victims of sexual abuse by Casey, in addition to victim Warren Tucker.

Casey has been suspended from Catholic ministry for life and can no longer function as a priest.

Stika said he was sorry for what happened to victim Warren Tucker and said the diocese will do whatever it takes to restore Tucker's trust in the church.

Tucker, 44, came forward with allegations Wednesday that Father Bill Casey had sexually abused him, saying he had "sexually abused (him) in every way imaginable from the time (he) was about 10 1/2 until (he) was nearly 15 years old."

The Knoxville Diocese was formed in 1988. It includes 60,000 East Tennessee Catholics in 47 parishes and 36 counties, including Hamilton County.

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