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Slideshow: New Allegations Against Knoxville Priest

AUDIO SLIDESHOW:

On Wednesday Warren Tucker, 44, stood outside the Knoxville Diocese and accused a now-retired priest living in East Tennessee of sexually abusing him from 1975 to 1980 here in Knoxville. 

Tucker referred to the man as "Father X," saying that he wanted to give the diocese the opportunity to reveal the priest's name. Deacon Sean Smith, the chancellor of the diocese, released a statement saying the church met with Tucker and immediately notified law-enforcement officials in the counties where the alleged abuse occurred and where the man lives today. 

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Tucker said he has filed a criminal complaint in North Carolina, where statute of limitation laws are more favorable to victims, but that he would file a complaint within 24 hours in Tennessee.

On hand were Susan Vance and Mike Coody of Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, as well as Annette Alix, whose son was also sexually assaulted as a boy. It was an emotional event, and as you'll hear in the audio, Tucker and others were obviously moved.

Comments » 1

  • April 15, 2010
  • 1:44 PM
jlw509 writes:

(Fr.) William Casey has confessed his guilt in the matter of child abuse: he now faces criminal
indictment, and has been permanently barred from priestly ministry.

It is sickening and shocking news. But it has been handled the right way: investigation, criminal charges, and the guarantee that he will never again function as a priest.

I support those who are bringing the truth to light, especially the victim, Warren Tucker, who was deeply hurt by Casey's criminal behavior.

And I give Bishop Richard Stika my grateful support for his swift, strong, and decisive action to prevent the recurrence of such crimes, protect the young, offer help and healing for the victim. I know that these are the Bishop's highest priorities.

May God guide the process of justice and judgment.

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