Trial begins Monday in St. Louis priest sexual abuse case

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Trial is set to begin Monday in the civil case against a former Archdiocese of St. Louis priest accused of sexual abuse. According to the suit, Father Joseph Ross is accused of sexually molesting a female parishioner in the late 1990s and early 2000s when she was just five to six years old. Ross was assigned to St. Cronan Church in the city of St. Louis. The suit names both the priest and the archdiocese.

The Ross case is scheduled to go to trial July 7 at the Carnahan Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.

Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said in a statement, “We are grateful to the brave and persistent victim in this case. Her courage will inspire others to get help and expose Catholic officials who commit and conceal heinous crimes against children.”

According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Ross case is only the second child sexual abuse case against the archdiocese to make it to trial.

In 1988, Ross pleaded guilty to sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy at Christ the King parish in University City. He was sent away for treatment, and then later assigned to St. Cronan’s. Ross was later defrocked by the Vatican.

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  • Jack

    Well I hope Fox 2 News Stl informs all Parishioners about the 2002 Bishops Charter that all Bishops in the US signed it is Titled “Protect Children and Young People” in the Charter there is a lot of Legal Words SHALL and WILL along with
    Canon NORM1 that pretty much ties not so enthused Bishops to follow this Document. The words SHALL and WILL and Cannon Norm 1 does just tha it also applies Punitive Penalities . The Bishops were to return and Initiate the Charter and finally we would have penalities applied to those that did not follow the Charter Instructions. We here in STL have a Program Called Safe Enviornment ??? with Must in lieu of SHALL and WILL that is a non punitive approach for aiding and abetting officials. Case in Point Fr. Jiang 2 time offender and Arch Bishop Carlson. Safe Enviornment sets up a Church “pre board” that parents are instructed to use before reporting the abuse to Law Enforcement. Not so fast…Thats not what the Pope has Stated. Pope Francis has stated, internet, that all Clergy is responsible to the laws of the country of residenance. There are Federal Laws that have been on the books in the United States with changes thru the years for many years. If the Arch Bishop initiated the 2002 Charter in lieu of the other program maybe Fr. Jaing might not have abuse a 2nd Child..

  • Jack

    2002 Bishops Charter “Protect Children and Young People” why safe enviornment with non punitive language and words.

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