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Cathedral Basilica associate pastor accused of molestation

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Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

An associate pastor at St. Louis' Cathedral Basilica is on administrative leave after being accused of fondling a teenage girl.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Rev. Xiuhui "Joseph" Jiang is charged with first-degree child endangerment.

Court documents allege that Jiang repeatedly had sexual contact with a girl younger than 17.

The girl told police he fondled her as a priest and family friend on four different occasions this year in Old Monroe.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis says Jiang is on administrative leave because of the allegations.

Jiang is from Shandong, China.

A message seeking comment Friday from his attorney, Paul D. A'Grosa, wasn't immediately returned.

 

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