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Police Recommend Charges Against Two Men For Alleged Clergy Sexual Abuse Decades Ago

Cheyenne police are recommending charges for two men — one a clergyman, the other who was attempting to become a clergyman — who are accused of sexually abusing boys in the 1970s and 1980s.

The announcement by Cheyenne police, who did not name the two suspects, comes after a 16-month investigation, according to a department press release. The affidavits recommending the charges have been forwarded to the Laramie County District Attorney’s Office, and the documents “outline how two members of the Catholic Clergy sexually abused male juvenile victims in the 1970’s and 1980’s,” according to the the release.

Cheyenne police originally said both men were clergymen. The department issued a clarification just before 1 p.m. that one of the two men was a member of the clergy at the time of the alleged abuse, while the other man was “seeking membership in the Catholic Clergy at the time of the offenses.”

The release says that the investigation “stems from a case initiated in 2002 that was reopened in 2018” amid new information provided to authorities by the Diocese of Cheyenne.

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