|Reverend Xiuhui Joseph.|
Reverend Xiuhui "Joseph" Jiang, 29, has been charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly fondling a girl younger than 17. Jiang is the associate pastor at the Cathedral Basilica, but none of the inappropriate sexual contact occurred on church property.
According to the girl, she was fondled on four separate occasions, each incident taking place in Old Monroe in Lincoln County. Jiang has been placed on administrative leave since the charges were leveled, according to the official statement
made by Monsignor Richard E. Hanneke, Vicar for Priests. Msgr. Hanneke further notes that the Archdiocese is fully cooperating with the police in their investigation. Bail for Rev. Jiang was set at $25,000.