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


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The lawsuit says Jiang asked his victim to look good for him, to dress more like a woman than a girl, even buying her an expensive Coach purse. The victim lost 25 pounds and was upset that she didn't look enough like a woman for the priest.

A witness reported seeing Jiang kissing the victim and touching her behind in the parking lot of the church rectory, according to the lawsuit.

Bishop Robert Herman instructed Jiang to provide spiritual counseling to the family, including performing confession in the victim's bedroom, according to the lawsuit.
Jiang went to the family's home even after he'd been reported for inappropriate behavior by a friend of the family's, according to the lawsuit.

When the archdiocese found out Jiang was babysitting minors in the family, Archbishop Carlson called him while he was at the family's home and told him to stay away until an investigation cleared up.

See also: St. Louis Archdiocese Paid $10 Million in 10 Years in Clergy Abuse, Misconduct Costs

Jiang, who told his victim he wanted to marry her, directed her to set up a private e-mail account so they could communicate. When her parents found explicit e-mails, they confronted Jiang, who admitted to the abuse, left the house and returned with a $20,000 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.

The family gave the check over to police, who arrested Jiang.

Continue reading for the full amended lawsuit.



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