New trial denied for former Tri-Cities priest convicted of rape | WJHL
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WJHL) – A former Catholic priest in Kingsport convicted of rape has been denied a petition for a new trial.
Court documents indicate that William Casey, a former priest at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Kingsport, was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2011 after being convicted of two counts of aggravated rape and one count of sexual misconduct in 2011.
Casey had requested a new trial, saying he had “received ineffective legal assistance” during his trial and the appeal that immediately followed.
The victim in the case, a former altar boy in St. Dominic’s, said Casey assaulted him more than 50 times in five years. The victim said she was 10 when the violence started.
In 2015, Casey hired Frank Santore, Jr. as a new lawyer and requested a new trial claiming that there was evidence that should have been excluded in his initial trial by the state Court of Appeals, who had confirmed his previous conviction.
On Wednesday, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeal in Knoxville filed documents upholding the post-sentencing court ruling and denying Casey a new trial.
You can read the full court opinion below:
Casey is serving his sentence at the Northeast Correctional Center in Mountain City, Tennessee.