St. Louis priest files federal lawsuit after child abuse charges - KMOV.com

St. Louis priest files federal lawsuit after child abuse charges dropped

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Rev. Xiuhui “Joseph” Jiang filed a federal lawsuit days after the St. Louis circuit attorney's office dismissed child abuse charges against him.

In the lawsuit, filed Thursday, Jiang claims he was unfairly targeted by the city, police and sexual abuse victims.

The lawsuit names St. Louis police officers Tonya Porter and Jaimie Pitterle, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and its leaders, David Clohessy and Barbara Dorris, the City of St. Louis and the accuser's parents.

Jiang had been accused of twice abusing a male victim under the age of 14 between July 2011 and August 2012.

When the charges were dropped on June 17, Jiang's attorney said he was hopeful the Archdiocese of St. Louis would reinstate him of his privileges. In a statement, the archdiocese said it is reviewing Jiang's status in the church.

Jiang is seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial.

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