St. Louis priest charged in case involving misconduct with minor, placed on administrative leave

St. Louis Review

Submitted on June 29, 2012

Father Joseph Jiang, associate pastor of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Parish, was charged in Lincoln County June 28 with a felony count of endangering the welfare of a child, a first-degree offense involving sexual conduct.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis had placed Father Jiang on administrative leave following a report involving alleged inappropriate contact with a high school aged minor. The Archdiocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection notified Missouri Division of Family Services immediately upon learning of the allegations.

According to a statement from Msgr. Richard Hanneke, the archdiocese’s vicar for priests, the archdiocese is fully cooperating with the investigation.

Bond set at $25,000.

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