Ex-metro Detroit priest charged with sex abuse gets 45 days in jail, probation

Posted at 4:20 AM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 12:23:03-05

(WXYZ) — Patrick Casey, a former priest who was charged with sex abuse, was sentenced on Wednesday morning after pleading guilty to a lesser charge in court last month.

A judge sentenced Casey to 45 days in the Wayne County Jail and one year of probation. He also has to register as a sex offender.

The guilty plea came after a jury was deadlocked during deliberations,.

Casey, 55, was charged with one felony count of criminal sexual conduct. He is accused of performing sexual acts on a man he was counseling. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison.

His attorney argued that he should be acquitted of the crime, saying the sexual acts were consensual, but a judge denied the request.