MO- Victims challenge new Catholic official

MO- Victims challenge new Catholic official

Victims challenge new Catholic official

His seminarians are living with twice-charged priest

And another admitted child molesting cleric is on his staff

The priest allegedly molested a St. Louis boy & Lincoln County girl

He's close to Archbishop Carlson and will be back in court next month

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will challenge the new head of a Catholic institute to warn parents and the public about:  

–a priest on his staff who is an admitted child molester, and

–another priest who faces pending child sex abuse charges and will be in court again next month.

They want both priests kept away from students at the institute and at St. Louis University (which is directly across the street).  

WHEN

Thursday, Sept. 25 at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE

On the sidewalk outside the Aquinas Institute, 23 S. Spring (corner of Forest Park Ave.) in St. Louis

WHO

Three-four members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)

WHY

Earlier this week, according to KWMU radio, Fr. Sean Martin, began working as the new president at the Aquinas Institute (on the edge of the St. Louis University campus.) SNAP wants him to warn others about and protect them from two priests – one a twice-accused abuser and the other, an admitted abuser.

1) The twice-accused abuser is Fr. Joseph Jiang, who reportedly is very close to Archbishop Robert Carlson. He will be in a St. Louis court next month.

According to law enforcement records, Fr. Jiang lives at the Dominican Priory at 3407 Lafayette (just east of Grand, on the southeast edge of the St. Louis University campus).

That's also where Fr. Martin's seminarians live.

SNAP believes that's “an inappropriate, unhealthy and risky placement.” It's also just six minutes away from the Cathedral parish, where Fr. Jiang allegedly met and hurt both a girl and a boy.

“Fr. Martin should insist that Carlson and the Dominican supervisor oust Fr. Jiang from the Lafayette facility. Fr. Jiang belongs in a remote, secure, independent treatment center far away from kids and with real oversight,” said Barbara Dorris of SNAP. “We believe that Fr. Jiang is not being restricted or supervised or monitored, which is extremely irresponsible. And it's possible that Fr. Jiang sexually assaulted this boy in the city while Fr. Jiang was living at this same priory.”

Fr. Jiang has been arrested twice on child sex charges – once in Lincoln County (in 2012) and again in St. Louis city (in April 2014).  

In Lincoln County, he was accused of fondling a teenage girl (under 17) on four occasions. In the city, he's charged with two felony counts of first-degree statutory sodomy involving a boy younger than 14 at Cathedral school between 2011-2012. (The Lincoln County charges have been dropped. The city charges are pending.)

In June 2014, Fr. Jiang pled not guilty to the city charges. He's free on $150,000 bond.

The next hearing in Fr. Jiang's criminal case is set for Monday Oct. 20 at 9:00 a.m. for “trial setting” in  Division 16 Carnahan Court House.

2) The admitted abuser is Fr. Vincent W. Bryce (256 8809) who works at the Aquinas Institute (according to a Chicago newspaper and internet searches), despite the fact that he told his Catholic supervisor that he had molested at least one child.

In 2002, Bryce resigned from two parishes in the Grand Rapids Michigan Diocese

This took place after Bryce was confronted about his crimes by church authorities who had learned of it through St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson (651 227 9990, 612 817 8665 cell, jeff@andersonadvocates.). A settlement was paid to the victim.

Besides his library job, Bryce has also been listed as “guest master” at the St. Louis Dominican Priory (3601 Lindell Blvd., 633-4400).

Both the priory’s website and the library’s website have photos and e mail addresses of other staff but not of Bryce. Some information about Bryce was removed after SNAP publicly exposed him in 2007

Photos of both priests are available at BishopAccountability.org

One of Fr. Jiang's victims is represented by attorneys Ken Chackes (314 872 8420, 314 880 4465, kchackes@cch-law.com) and Nicole Gorovsky (314 872 8420, ngorovsky@cch-law.com). One of Fr. Bryce's victims was represented by St. Paul MN attorney Jeff Anderson (651 227 9990, 612 817 8665 cell, jeff@andersonadvocates.com). Fr. Jiang is represented by Paul D’Agrosa (314 725 8443paul@wolffdagrosa.com

CONTACT

Barbara Dorris (314) 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com, David Clohessy (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

    

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