MO- Archbishop is subpoenaed in child sex case
Archbishop is subpoenaed in child sex case
It’s believed to be the first time that’s happened
Carlson is to be questioned under oath next week
Criminal trial vs. Chinese priest is postponed 3 times
Evidence includes voicemail from cleric & text messages
SNAP will provide 26 pages of court records about the case
Group urges “victims, witnesses & whistleblowers” to “speak up now”
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will:
--disclose that St. Louis’ archbishop has been subpoenaed in a pending criminal child sex abuse case involving a priest, and
--give out copies of 26 pages of court records in the case.
They will also urge:
--anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered the cleric’s crimes to contact law enforcement immediately, and
--parishioners and the public to keep open minds and avoid taking actions and making comments that might discourage any other victims, witnesses or whistleblowers from stepping forward.
Friday, July 12 at 12:45 p.m.
On the sidewalk outside the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica, Lindell and Newstead in the CWE
Three-four victims of clergy sex crimes who belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, including the organization’s executive director
In June of last year, Fr. Xiu Hui "Joseph” Jiang was removed from his post as associate pastor at St. Louis Cathedral Basilica parish on Lindell. He was criminally charged with fondling a teenage girl (under 17) on four occasions earlier in the year.
On Tuesday, July 16, two top archdiocesan officials have been subpoenaed in the criminal case. They are Archbishop Robert Carlson and Deacon Philip R. Hengen. They are also to produce Fr. Jiang’s personnel file to prosecutors.
It’s believed to be the first time Carlson has been subpoenaed in a criminal case. In the past, he has sat for depositions in civil suits.
Hengen heads the Office of Child and Youth Protection and is on the staff of Washington University’s Catholic Student Center (314 432 1665, 314 792 7704, firstname.lastname@example.org).
The court records include two “bills of particulars” explaining the charges of “witness tampering” and “endangering a child.” Both are felonies.
The documents show that:
--evidence includes “text messages from the victim’s phone and a recorded voice mail from (Fr. Jiang)”
--prosecutors seek to question at least seven witnesses, including Carlson and Hengen.
--one of Carlson’s top aides, Msgr. Richard E. Hanneke bailed Fr. Jiang out using $25,000 in cash. (Hanneke is the archdiocesan vicar of priests. He also heads St. Elizabeth Parish in Crestwood and St. Cecilia Parish in St. Louis.)
--defense lawyers tried to get charges dismissed but Judge Dan Dildine denied their motion.
Fr. Jiang was ordained a priest by Carlson at the Cathedral in May 2010. Before that, he was a deacon at the Cathedral.
Fr. Jiang’s criminal trial was originally set for March 2013 and is now scheduled for October. It was originally to take place in Lincoln County but has been moved to Pike County.
The prosecutors are Casey Brooks and Leah Askey (636 528 8571). Fr. Jiang’s lawyer is Paul D’Agrosa (314 725 8019, Paul@wolffdagrosa.com).
Fr. Jiang is 31 years old and a native of China. A photo of Fr. Jiang is available at BishopAccountability.org or http://stlouisreview.com/article/2010-05-18/introducing-our-new-0
The depositions will be at archdiocesan facility on Archbishop May Drive in Shrewsbury. Carlson’s is at 3 p.m. and Hengen’s is at 4 p.m.
David Clohessy (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
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