St. Louis priest charged in case involving misconduct with minor, placed on administrative leave
Father Joseph Jiang, associate pastor of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Parish, was charged June 28 in Lincoln County with a felony count of endangering the welfare of a child, a first-degree offense involving sexual conduct.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis had placed Father Jiang on administrative leave following a report involving alleged inappropriate contact with a high school aged minor. The Archdiocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection notified Missouri Division of Family Services immediately upon learning of the allegations.
According to a statement from Msgr. Richard Hanneke, the archdiocese’s vicar for priests, the archdiocese is fully cooperating with the investigation.
Bond set at $25,000.
None of the conduct is alleged to have occurred at the cathedral or on any archdiocesan property, Msgr. Hanneke noted in the statement.
Father Jiang, 29, is a native of Shandong, China. A graduate of Holy Spirit High School Seminary in Ji Nan, China, he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Holy Spirit College Seminary in Ji Nan.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis encourages all persons with reports of misconduct with a minor involving a member of the clergy or other church personnel to contact Phil Hengen, the Director of the Office for Child and Youth Protection at (314) 792-7704 or the civil authorities.
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