Lawsuit: Priest Asked Teen to Dress Like a Woman, Not a Child, Before Sexual Abuse
Even after a Cathedral Basilica priest asked the archdiocese to reassign him for personal reasons, the church allowed Joseph Jiang to have unsupervised contact with the minor he is accused of sexually assaulting in her home and on church property, according to a lawsuit.
Joseph Jiang's mug shot
Update: The criminal charges against Jiang were dropped Thursday. Read more in our story: Court Drops Teen Sex Abuse Charges for Catholic Priest Joseph Jiang
The family of the victim -- who remains anonymous because she was a minor at the time of the abuse -- warned that 25-year-old Jiang was too affectionate and touchy with their 15-year-old daughter, leading Jiang to ask Archbishop Robert Carlson and the pastor of the Cathedral Basilica for a reassignment for personal reasons.
He was not reassigned. Soon after, he returned to the victim's home crying, said he could not stay away from the family, pinned the girl against a wall and kissed her, according to the lawsuit.
Jiang faces criminal charges, but the family is also suing the archdiocese and Archbishop Carlson for knowingly allowing a sexual predator to serve as a priest and have unsupervised contact with their daughter.
"Defendants Archdiocese and Archbishop failed to stop Father Jiang from engaging in sexual behavior or to notify children or their parents of Jiang's propensity to sexually abuse minors," the lawsuit says. "As a result, Father Jiang was allowed unlimited access to the minor plaintiff because [the parents] trusted that their parish priest was safe."
The family amended their lawsuit this week, adding disturbing details and witness accounts of abuse. A judge has denied the archbishop's request to dismiss the case.
Read why the fifteen-year-old lost 25 pounds for Jiang after the jump.