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Originally published Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Ex-Catholic priest gets up to 40 years for rape

A former Catholic priest convicted of raping an altar boy could possibly spend the rest of his life behind bars.

The Associated Press

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BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. —

A former Catholic priest convicted of raping an altar boy could possibly spend the rest of his life behind bars.

The Bristol Herald Courier reports that 77-year-old William Casey was sentenced Wednesday to 35 to 40 years in prison with a recommendation that he be released after serving 30 percent of the sentence ( http://bit.ly/vEGhf9).

Casey was convicted of raping Warren Tucker of Jeffersonville, Ind., when Tucker was 13 and 14 years old.

Tucker has said he hopes his case encourages others to speak out if they've been abused by priests or clergy members.

The Associated Press, which does not generally identify victims of sex crimes, has identified Tucker because he went public with the allegations.

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