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Pastor at St. Louis Basilica Accused of Fondling Girl

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ST. LOUIS (AP) –  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.

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