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.”