On June 23, 2012, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office began investigating the criminal complaint of a sex offense in which the victim is a sixteen-year-old female. The suspect is 29-year-old Father Xiuhui “Joseph” Jiang of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, located at 4431 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri.
The victim and her family met Jiang through their church and became close with him over the past year. According to the victim’s parents, Jiang was from China and had no family in Missouri. The victim and her family had Jiang over to their residence for dinner several times in the past year. Their residence is located in Old Monroe, Missouri. On occasion, Jiang would stay the night at the family’s residence because of his far drive home to St. Louis. Over time, Jiang became fond of the sixteen-year-old. The investigation revealed Jiang had inappropriate contact with the victim on three occasions between May of 2012 and June of 2012.
Jiang was arrested on June 27, 2012 by Lincoln County Detectives. He was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child 1st Degree – 1st Offense Sexual Conduct. Jiang’s bond was set at $25,000 cash only. Jiang bonded out of the Lincoln County Jail on June 28, 2012.