Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Priest Charging Injury From False Accusations May Proceed With Most of His Claims

This week, a Missouri federal district court handed down two decisions in a suit by a Catholic priest who claims he has been falsely accused of child sexual abuse.  According to the court:
Plaintiff Reverend Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang is a Chinese-born ordained Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Jiang asserts that ... A.M. and N.M. falsely accused him of sexually abusing their minor son for the purpose of monetary gain. Jiang also asserts that [two] officers of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, conducted an inadequate investigation of the abuse allegations and targeted plaintiff for prosecution because of his religion and ethnicity. He alleges that [the City] ... failed to properly train the officers.... Jiang further asserts that ... Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests ... led a public smear campaign against him which included making false accusations of child molestation in the media. The criminal case against Jiang ... was voluntarily dismissed shortly before trial....
According to the complaint ... had they conducted a more thorough investigation, they would have learned that the minor child had made unfounded claims of sexual abuse in the past and that he was mentally and emotionally troubled; that defendants A.M. and N.M. had a history of making unfounded allegations against the Catholic Church for financial gain; and that there were circumstances that made it impossible for plaintiff to have committed the abuse as alleged.
In Jiang v. Porter I, (ED MO, Dec. 28, 2015), the court denied SNAP's motion to dismiss the conspiracy, defamation and infliction of emotional distress claims against it, and concluded that the lawsuit is not covered by Missouri's anti-SLAPP statute.

In Jiang v. Porter II, (ED MO, Dec. 28, 2015), the court dismissed the vicarious liability,  unconstitutional policy and practice, failure to train and supervise, and infliction of emotional distress claims against the City of St. Louis.  However the court refused to dismiss equal protection, due process, abuse of process, infliction of emotional distress and civil rights conspiracy claims against two police officers.