St. Louis Priest Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Abuse Charges
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Catholic priest from St. Louis has pleaded not guilty to charges that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy.
The Rev. Joseph Jiang faces two counts of statutory sodomy. Jiang is accused of sexually abusing a student at St. Louis the King School, the elementary school at the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica.
He entered the not guilty plea at a court hearing on Monday.
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.
Jiang is free on $150,000 bond.