Former priest posts bond in NC, is released

MARION, N.C. (AP) - A former Catholic priest accused of molesting a boy in North Carolina has been released from jail.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that 76-year-old William Casey posted a $5,000 bond Wednesday after a hearing in Marion.

Casey is charged with crimes against nature. He was arrested Monday in Greene County, Tenn. His next hearing is May 12.

McDowell County authorities began investigating Casey last fall after Warren Tucker, of Jeffersonville, Ind., said he was molested by the priest in Tennessee and North Carolina in the late 1970s. The Associated Press does not identify sex abuse victims, but Tucker agreed to let his name and hometown to be used.

Diocese of Knoxville Bishop Richard Stika banned Casey from the priesthood after he acknowledged the credibility of the allegations last week.

Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times,

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