St. Louis: Judge Increases Bond for Priest Accused of Abuse

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

October 31, 2008

A St. Louis judge increased the bond Thursday for a former Catholic priest facing felony sex abuse charges that accuse him of molesting a young girl in his parish in the early 2000s.

Joseph D. Ross, in custody since September, will have to post $350,000 cash to be released pending trial. His former bail was $200,000.

A prosecutor and an attorney for the girl's family sought the increase, saying Ross is a threat if released. Ross' attorney told Judge Calea Stovall-Reid that he has close ties to St. Louis and has not been accused of a crime involving children for at least six years.


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