The priest, Fr. Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang, says he was targeted by the city, its police and an advocacy group against clerical sex abuse.
Father Jiang was accused of sexually molesting a boy in 2011 and 2012 at the elementary school of the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis. The charges were dropped by the City of St. Louis Circuit Court — without explanation — last month. It was the second time in the last few years he's been cleared of such charges.
In his lawsuit, Fr. Jiang complains of being a victim of religious as well as ethnic discrimination, which the suit claims has "destroyed the life of a promising young man and priest." He says the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, specifically its two leaders, launched a "smear campaign" against him via the media.
In addition, Fr. Jiang claims the two police detectives who pursued him failed to properly investigate the situation before placing him under arrest. According to Fr. Jiang, doing so would have made clear that no arrest was warranted.
Furthermore, he questions the motives of the boy's parents, whom the lawsuit says "had a history of making unfounded claims against the Catholic Church for monetary gain." In fact, says the suit, "The accusations were brought by a deeply troubled and unreliable 12-year-old boy at the suggestion of his abusive father."
The lawsuit alleges a tragic irony in the series of charges against the priest, noting, "Jiang fled religious persecution in his native land of China only to face religious persecution in America in the form of unconstitutional discrimination by state officials."