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Court Drops Teen Sex-Abuse Charges for Catholic Priest Joseph Jiang

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Joseph Jiang
Criminal charges against a Cathedral Basilica priest accused of sexually abusing a teen in his parish were dropped earlier this month.

Father Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang, 30, was not alone with the victim, the court ruled, so child-endangerment and witness-tampering charges have been dropped, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

See also: Rev. Xiuhui "Joseph" Jiang Charged with Fondling Child

Two circuit judges filed to dismiss the charges on November 18, and the case was officially dismissed from court record Thursday, according to the Post-Dispatch.

The family of the victim still has a civil lawsuit pending against the archdiocese and Archbishop Robert Carlson for knowingly allowing a sexual predator to interact, unsupervised, with children.

Nicole Gorovsky, one of the Chakes, Carlson & Halquist lawyers handling the civil suit, says she doesn't think the news will affect the lawsuit.

"I think our case is a very strong one," Gorovsky says. "I don't think this means anything."

The family recently amended the lawsuit to include disturbing details and witness accounts of abuse.

See also: Lawsuit: Priest Asked Teen to Dress Like a Woman, Not a Child, Before Sexual Abuse

Church members have championed Jiang's innocence from the beginning, even holding prayer events for his exoneration.

See also: Churchgoers Defend St. Louis Priest Accused of Sex Abuse, Pray in Private Meetup Group

The victim advocacy group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) says it is calling for more witnesses to step forward and bring evidence of sexual abuse from Jiang to the police.

"We are fearful there are other victims," says SNAP member Barbara Dorris. "Everybody has a responsibility in this case to come forward and tell the truth, to come forward and help."

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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baker22
baker22

Report: CZR0026 46TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT


CIRCUIT COURT DOCKET SHEET 

12L6-CR00665-02 ST V XIU HUI JIANG 

Security Level: 3 Confidential 

Filing Date: 18·Nov-20 13 

Description 

Dismiss by Ct w/o Prejudice

Upon Defendant's Renewed Motion to Dismiss Count I, the Court heard argument from Defendant's 

Counsel that was not refuted by the Prosecuting Attorney, due to new information obtained after the 

Office of the Prosecuting Attorney was able to interview the alleged victim upon said person turning 18 

years of age The new information available to the State shows that the allegations made, if taken in 

light most favorable to the State or if proven at trial would not establish that Defendant was ever alone 

with the alleged victim but rather the alleged victims parents and siblings were at all times present 

during any alleged occurrence, if any occured. Further, Defendant was neither the alleged victim's 

confessor nor her confirmation sponsor, nor was he at anytime otherwise charged with the care and 

custody of such person as was originally alleged by the State. Other factors and more specific details 

need not be stated herein out of respect for all persons involed. Defendant filed his original Motion to 

Dismiss PRIOR TO the full investigation in this case, which could only conclude once the alleged 

victim was at least 18 years of age. The facts now known to the State which have been relayed to the 

Court during argument on this Motion make it clear that this Count is improper as a matter of law. The 

Court points out that the Honorable Judge Dan Dildine and the State of Missouri through the 

Prosecuting Attorney did not have all the information now available when this charge was originally 

filed, prior arguments were rnade, memorandums were filed, and when said Judge has previously 

denied this Motion to Dismiss. The Court hereby dismisses Count I herein. 

Dismissed

Dismissal as to Count IL

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

RFT,  have some balls. Call out Judge Nancy Schneider for letting a child molester off on probation. You run a smear piece on someone that the charges were completely dropped (right or wrong), but the RFT is silent on Judge Nancy Schneider letting someone guilty plea to probation?

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

So the church manages to get another one of their priests off.  And with this, the civil case will end up sputtering to death.  Why do they let these bastards off?  They deserve to be thrown in prison.

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

Sorry, it was the related story. Why would the priest write them a 20K check? "Archbishop Carlson called the family to say Jiang had confessed, according to the lawsuit. He said he would remove Jiang from the priesthood only if he'd had sex with a child and suggested the family return the check he left them."

Kelly O'Connor
Kelly O'Connor

I will never understand why the church protects these freaks. :(

snapclohessy
snapclohessy

The girl is a teenager. The real adults involved - Fr. Jiang and Archbishop Carlson - should tell the truth.

David Clohessy, SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Paul Pittman
Paul Pittman

Also in the article you see that the family has new disturbing details of the incident and eyewitnesses. So you can find these witnesses for the money grab, but not for the criminal investigation?

Paul Pittman
Paul Pittman

Thank you Michael. There are truly a lot of priest sexual abuse victims, but not everyone who screams victim, is one.

Michael Mahler
Michael Mahler

^ That's what I read too. Sometimes "victims" lie....

Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips

This guy is totally guilty. Now lets just see what the church does with him, peddle him off to some other area probably.

Paul Pittman
Paul Pittman

I did read the story, and apparently your dumb ass didn't! No where in there does it say he admitted anything. What it says is the charges were dropped because it was proven he was never alone with the person.

Yippee Skippee
Yippee Skippee

Writing not righting. Your book would never sell with grammar like that!

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

Blame the victim, you should be ashamed of yourself. Jiang admitted to this, didn't you read?

Paul Pittman
Paul Pittman

Not every Catholic priest is a pedophile. I always find it very suspicious when someone files charges and a damn civil suit all in the same breath. If you are truly abused, your first thought shouldn't be a money grab from the archdiocese!

Brian Brown
Brian Brown

Yeah cause everyone said that they were abused is telling the truth

Mike E. Moses
Mike E. Moses

I'm sure we will see him in the news very very shortly

Greg Hahne
Greg Hahne

not surprised. let him do it again and again, then when someone kills him they will be the bad person

BillHannegan
BillHannegan

The girl, now an adult who can speak freely, shoult tell the full truth and so fully clear Fr, Joseph's name.

baker22
baker22

@smdrpepper The 'victim' and the priest were never alone together.  After demonstrating that, charges were dropped.

contact185
contact185

@smdrpepper "The Church" had *NOTHING* to do with getting the priest off. The PROSECUTOR and COURT dropped the charges because the case is bogus.


Take your blind bigotry elsewhere.

contact185
contact185

@Thee Lovingcup Obviously the lawsuit was bogus. And have you considered that the whole episode about a "$20,000 check" was bogus, also?

baker22
baker22

@snapclohessy He was never alone with the girl.  That's the truth, and it was confirmed.  That's why charges were dropped.

contact185
contact185

@snapclohessy How about telling the truth about why you didn't call the police when you heard that your brother was sexually molesting innocent boys?

How about SNAP writing a letter of support for a friend who was arrested with over 100 images of kiddie porn on his computer?

contact185
contact185

@Brandon Bedore There's nothing in this story that says that.


Take your bigotry elsewhere. Thank you.

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