Sex abuse lawsuit involving St. Louis priest can proceed

3 years 9 months 6 days ago Sunday, January 11 2015 Jan 11, 2015 Sunday, January 11, 2015 11:27:00 AM CST January 11, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - An eastern Missouri judge has ruled that a lawsuit can proceed against a priest accused of molesting a teenage girl.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that attorneys for the Archdiocese of St. Louis had tried to have a lawsuit involving the Rev. Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang dismissed. They argued that the alleged abuse occurred away from church property.

Attorneys for the girl's family said that although a Lincoln County judge ruled last month, they only became aware of the decision last week.

Jiang was first arrested in 2012 on allegations of molesting the girl, but the criminal case was dismissed because prosecutors couldn't show that Jiang was ever alone with the girl at her home.

Jiang also faces criminal charges stemming from his alleged abuse of another child.

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