St. Louis priest pleads not guilty to sex abuse allegations

St. Louis priest pleads not guilty to sex abuse allegations

Rev. Joseph Jiang, ordained 5/29/2010. 2010 photo

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by KMOV.com staff and Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 6:50 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 2 at 12:18 PM

ST. LOUIS -- A Catholic priest from St. Louis has pleaded not guilty to charges he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy.

The Rev. Joseph Jiang appeared in St. Louis Circuit Court on Monday.

Jiang faces two counts of statutory sodomy. He worked at the Cathedral Basilica and is accused of sexually abusing a student at the attached St. Louis the King School.

His lawyer has said Jiang denies the allegations.

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's next hearing is scheduled for July 21.

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