St. Louis Priest Accused of Abuse Released on Bond
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A 31-year-old St. Louis priest accused of sexually abusing a grade school student has been released on bail.
The Rev. Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang is charged with two counts of first-degree statutory sodomy involving a boy younger than 14. He's accused of sexually abusing a male student at St. Louis Cathedral School. His lawyer has said Jiang denies the allegations.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Jiang was released on bail Friday from the city jail. Bill Hannegan, a friend of Jiang's, said another supporter posted the $150,000 bond but declined to identify the person who provided the bail money.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis suspended Jiang from duties pending the case. He previously had been accused in Lincoln County of contact with a teenage girl. That case was dismissed.