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Archdiocese to hold off on reassigning priest accused of sexual abuse

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Rev. Joseph Jiang, ordained 5/29/2010. 2010 photo By Life Touch Studios Rev. Joseph Jiang, ordained 5/29/2010. 2010 photo By Life Touch Studios
SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

After several concerned parents reached out to News 4, the St. Louis Archdiocese removed Father Joseph Jiang from a South City school.

Several parents contacted News 4 after Father Jiang was re-assigned to the St. Gabriel the Archangel School.

“I absolutely don’t think he belongs here,” said a parent of a St. Gabriel the Archangel School student. “He should be assigned a duty that has no children anywhere near it and the Catholic Church should know that.”

In 2013, the 32-year-old was accused of touching a 16-year-old. According to police, the victim said the 32-year-old fondled her on four different occasions at her home in Old Monroe, Missouri.

In 2015, a woman claimed Jiang sexually abused her son in a bathroom at St. Louis the King Elementary School.

Criminal charges were eventually dropped in both cases.

Wednesday morning, the St. Louis Archdiocese announced that Father Jiang would be at the Cathedral Basilica for the time being. A letter was sent to parishioners of the St. Gabriel Parish to inform them that Archbishop Robert Carlson intends to meet with parish and school leaders at a later date.

Father Jiang was ordained in May 2010 and since then, he’s only spent 2 and half years actively preaching due to sexual abuse allegations.

Parents were planning to hold a meeting on May 31 to discuss their concerns over Father Jiang’s reassignment.

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