St. Louis priest pleads "not guilty' to abuse allegations

ST. LOUIS - A St. Louis archdiocesan priest accused of child sex charges with a minor appeared in court Monday to deny those accusations.

Fr. Joseph Jiang pleaded not guilty to counts of statutory sodomy. Prosecutors said Jiang, who worked at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, had sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy at St. Louis Cathedral School.

Jiang was previously accused of having inappropriate contact with a teenage girl on four separate occasions. Those charges were eventually dropped.

The archdiocese suspended Jiang from his duties pending the outcome of the case.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.


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