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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A St. Louis priest was charged Friday with sexually abusing a child inside a school near the Cathedral Basilica on Lindell Blvd.  31-year old Father Xiuhui 'Joseph' Jiang faces two counts of statutory sodomy in the first degree.  St. Louis City Circuit Court documents describe the victim as a boy under the age of 14.

This is the second time Jiang has been accused of sexual contact with a minor.  In 2012 Lincoln County charged him with molesting a teenage girl.  Those charges were dropped in November 2013 when the prosecutor was unable to show he had ever been alone with the girl.  Critics believe  the decision was  based on 'legal technicalities.'

The girl and her parents continue to pursue a civil lawsuit against the St. Louis Archdiocese and Archbishop Robert Carlson.

The St. Louis Archdiocese issued a statement questioning the validity of the new criminal charges and saying the child`s family had been pursuing a claim other students had bullied him for more than a year.  "The family had never claimed that their child was abused by a priest until this week," the statement said.

Lucy Hannegan, who organized a website 'Friends of Father Jiang,' said "We know the man and there`s nothing to indicate he would do anything untoward."  She believes people are after money from Jiang or the Archdiocese.

Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, disagrees.  "There are far easier ways to get money than to try to attack the church," she said.    She wants to know why the Catholic Church did not send Jiang to a restricted treatment facility to keep him away from children.

Court documents indicate the alleged abuse occurred between July of 2011 and August 1, 2012.  Dorris is not sure when the first criminal charges were filed in Lincoln County.  But she said, "If this child was hurt during the two years these charges have been out there then that lands squarely on Archbishop Carlson that he allowed this man freedom when he should have been far less reckless and put the safety of the children first."

Friday night Jiang was being held in the St. Louis City Justice Center on a $150,000 cash only bond.

The Archdiocese encourages any reports of misconduct involving minors be reported to Deacon Phil Hengen, Director of Child and Youth Protection at 314-792-7704 or law enforcement officials.
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21 comments

  • Joe

    Duhh. It was covered up once, I guess the Bible “allows” the cover up!! I am sure he will be free to molest over and over and over again.

    • Jamie

      The bible is not a cover, not every body who says they are Christians follow the bible, the bible is truth, there is no fault in it at all, this man if he is guilty of the crime is not following the bible, and he will be judged for that, not by human standards but Gods and if he guilty i fear for him because he accountable and will be judged harder than others because of position as a pasture. READ YOUR BIBLE

      • Evangelical Christian Fraud Exposer

        Jamie, is everything in the Bible true? Which one of these is true—
        1) an eye for an eye
        2) turn the other cheek
        3) forgive your enemies
        4) thou shalt not kill

    • Steven Sweeney

      Casey bug you only slander because you were the only refused alter boy.As far as muslims and “no good reason’ this just shows athiests cannot read a newspaper as well as the bible. 27 million slaves are owned by muslims today! Female genital mutilation, honor killings, suicide bombers, child brides as young as 7 in yemen and pakistan, Nigerian muslims just kidnapped 200 girls out of grade school.”no good reason?” Only an athiest could be that clueless.He should try reading a newspaper and a nice slab of bacon! Casey bug should try making it out of 7th grade.his mommy dawn should try birth control!

  • ByeByeTheRite

    I spend my Sundays sleeping in then smoking pot on my couch, maybe take some more pills comment on fox2 and fall asleep listening to the sweet voice of Rachel Maddow or al shapton. Every one that goes to church instead of that is a loser!!!

    • Steven Sweeney

      Nigerian kidnapping is on every major outlet, unicef docs, the slaves, reuters would have everything else. Google ANYTHING I said.Stop chicken heading casey bug and learn something.Twitter also has articles from around the world.

      • j

        You made the claims… you provide direct links. Not my job to hunt down the sources for your racist, hate filled claims. And Twitter? You credulous idiot. It is of little wonder you sound so stupid 100% of the time you come on here… a grown man who quotes Twitter to source his wild assertions. A 3rd grader knows better, but not Sweeney! Can you even wipe yourself without getting it in your ears?

      • Steven Sweeney

        too stupid for a simple google search? don’t watch the world news on ANY network.Twitter has feeds from EVERY single media outlet.If you had a single brain cell, you would know that. I guess it’s hard for you, when your IQ goes down every time you drop a deuce.

      • j

        The way an intellectually honest exchange happens has been explained to you. If you expect people to discuss the particular claims you’re making and be able to concede that you’ve made a valid claim is for both parties to be utilizing the very same source. “Google” “twitter” or “[news]” does not satisfy your obligation to be able to back up what you say with evidence. j has got you by pills on this one.

    • Steven Sweeney

      I provided resources such as cnn, reuters, etc. to back my claims.If you are too inbred or too lazy, keep packing fudge with casey bug,my points are COMMON KNOWLEDGE, unless you have a single didit IQ anyways.Enjoy sharing your retrovirals, you scout master slaves.

      • j

        It has nothing to do with my IQ or level of vigor for life or any of the other diversions you’re attempting to construct. You’ve made claims I asked you to provide sources to fact check your claims and after days you’ve refused to do so and tried to pass your burden of proof onto me. You’re an oxygen thief and the most useful part of you ended up on your mothers next tricks sack.

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