Molestation Charges against Former St. Louis Priest Joseph Ross Dropped

August 6, 2010

The Circuit Attorney has dropped charges against a former St. Louis priest who was accused of statutory rape, statutory sodomy and child molestation.

Joseph Ross was arrested in Arkansas last week.

He was accused of molesting the 11-year-old girl between 1998 and 2000 while he was the pastor at St. Cronan's Church Boyle Avenue in St. Louis.

Ross pleaded guilty in 1998 of sexually molesting an 11-year-old boy during confession at Christ the King Church in University City in 1986.

Ross was laicized in 2002.


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