Lawsuit against St. Louis archdiocese for abuse allowed to proceed
Rev. Joseph Jiang, ordained 5/29/2010. 2010 photo By Life Touch Studios
(KMOV.com) – A judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the St. Louis Archdiocese in connection with an abuse case against a priest.
The archdiocese was sued after the family of a victim claimed it did not do enough to protect their daughter from Joseph Jiang, who is accused of abusing her on the grounds of the Cathedral Basilica and at her Lincoln County home.
The archdiocese argued it could not be held responsible for abuse that did not occurred on church property.
The lawsuit also contends Jiang was spotted kissing the girl. According to the lawsuit, Jiang bought the girl expensive gifts and told her he wanted to marry her.