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Molestation trial of former East Tennessee priest begins

BLOUNTVILLE, TN. (AP) - The trial of a former East Tennessee priest charged with molesting a boy is beginning in Blountville.

Court convened for the start of the aggravated rape and sexual misconduct trial of 76-year-old William Casey on Monday, according to the Kingsport Times-News.

Warren Tucker of Jeffersonville, Ind., who has gone public with his claims that Casey molested him as a youth, says the abuse occurred when Casey was a priest at St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Kingsport in the 1970s. Tucker is now 46 years old. He reported his claims to the Kingsport Police Department in April 2010.

Casey pleaded not guilty to the Kingsport charges.

Casey entered guilty pleas to similar offenses in McDowell County, N.C., and faces more charges in Scott County, Va.

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