Letter to the editor: New trial for accused priest heartbreaking


March 22, 2020

The Rev. Hugh Lang, who was convicted in November on charges that he sexually abused an 11-year-old boy in 2001, had his conviction vacated this month because a new judge believes Lang did not receive a fair trial. We are dismayed that the victim will have to go through yet another trial, but are hopeful that Lang will once again be found guilty.

Despite the fact that the victim in this case traveled from the other side of the world to testify against his abuser, a new trial was ordered. Our hearts ache for this victim and the fact that his chance at justice has been taken away. We hope that this is only a temporary setback.

The victim’s attorneys are appealing to the state Supreme Court. We are hopeful the appeal is granted and this dangerous abuser’s conviction will stand, and he will be given a sentence that keeps him away from children for the rest of his life.

Judy Jones
Marthasville, Mo.

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