Former Cheyenne Bishop Skates on Abuse Charges

The Vatican has exonerated Bishop Joseph H. Hart, emeritus of Cheyenne, Wyoming, on seven counts of child sexual abuse. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which handled the canonical process, also said five other accusations “could not be proven with moral certitude.” The accusations against the 89-year-old Bishop Hart involved 11 victims who … Read more

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

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,” … Read more

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

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 … Read more

Cheyenne Diocese Finds Credible Three Abuse Allegations Against Emeritus Bishop Hart

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 … Read more

Bishop Joseph Hart

Current Role Bishop Emeritus of Cheyenne, Wyoming Web Site: 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.