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Cheyenne Bishop Says Alleged Abuse Victim Still Credible, Despite DA’s Decision Not to Prosecute Bishop Hart

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Wyoming’s top Catholic official said Thursday that he continues to believe the alleged victim of retired bishop Joseph Hart was credible and that Hart had abused the man, despite a Casper prosecutor’s decision not to charge the cleric. “This decision not to pursue a criminal case does not mean that the victims are not credible,” […]

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Criminal Investigation into Wyoming Bishop’s Sexual Abuse Drags into Third Year

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The criminal investigation into sexual abuse by members of the Catholic clergy in Wyoming passed its second birthday in April, a prolonged process with no end in sight that has “shattered” an alleged victim’s family’s belief in the criminal justice system. In August, Cheyenne police recommended that retired bishop Joseph Hart, the highest-ranking member of […]

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Cheyenne Diocese Finds Credible Three Abuse Allegations Against Emeritus Bishop Hart

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The Diocese of Cheyenne announced Tuesday it has found credible and substantiated three allegations of child sexual abuse against Emeritus Bishop Joseph Hart, which it had received since July and August 2018. The alleged incidents newly found credible occurred in the 1970s and ’80s. “The results of the investigation were given to the Diocesan Review […]

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Bishop Joseph Hart

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Current Role Bishop Emeritus of Cheyenne, Wyoming Web Site: http://www.dioceseofcheyenne.org/ Mailing Address: Chancery Office, 2121 Capitol Ave., Cheyenne, WY 82001; P.O. Box 1468, Cheyenne, WY 82003-1468 Telephone: (307)638-1530 What Has Been Reported Accused of numerous cases of sexual abuse.

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Bishop Hart’s Decades of Abuse Destroyed Lives, Traumatized Families

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As parishioners attended the Feast of the Assumption Mass inside Guardian Angels Catholic Church on August 15, members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) gathered outside on the sidewalk for a press conference marking an occasion that many believed would never come. Less than 24 hours earlier, police in Cheyenne, Wyoming […]

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Wyoming Police Reopen Case in Sex Abuse Claims Against former Kansas City Priest

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Police in Cheyenne, Wyo., have reopened an investigation involving a former Kansas City priest who went on to become a Wyoming bishop and was later accused of sexually abusing several boys. In a news release issued this week, the Cheyenne Police Department said it was seeking information regarding sex abuse claims reported to the department […]