St. Louis priest suspended after second arrest

04/18/2014 11:25 AM

04/18/2014 11:25 AM

A St. Louis priest who was previously charged with felony child endangerment and witness tampering in Lincoln County has been arrested again on suspicion of having sex with a minor.

St. Louis prosecutors are reviewing the Thursday arrest of the Rev. Joseph Jiang and expect to decide whether to file criminal charges later Friday.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis says it has revoked the priest's canonical privileges and that the abuse report came from the family of a child who had previously complained of being bullied by classmates.

The previous charges against Jiang were dismissed in November 2013. The 30-year-old priest from China was assigned to the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis, where he lived with and was mentored by Archbishop Robert Carlson.


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