Archbishop Carlson testifies under oath in criminal case

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- For the first time, a St. Louis archbishop testifies under oath in a criminal case against a priest.

Archbishop Robert Carlson gave a deposition in the criminal case against Father Joseph Jiang.

Jiang is charged with molesting an underage girl in Lincoln County and witness tampering for allegedly offering $20,000 in alleged hush money to the victim's family.

Archbishop Carlson is accused in a separate civil suit of calling the victim`s mother and asking her to give him the check.

The archdiocese denies those allegations.

They released a statement saying in part:

“The archbishop`s sworn deposition given today to prosecutors is consistent with the archdiocese`s willingness to cooperate fully with authorities in these matters.”

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