Jury says they're deadlocked as deliberations begin in sexual assault case against former Michigan priest

Posted at 12:10 PM, Oct 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-07 16:53:27-04

(WXYZ) — Jury deliberations have begun in the case of a former Detroit Archdiocese priest charged with sexual assault. However, the jury came back at the end of their first day of deliberations to report they are deadlocked.

Patrick 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.

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

Both attorneys spoke to the jury on Monday and gave closing arguments.

The jury is expected to resume deliberations on Tuesday in an attempted to break the deadlock.