Police in Wyoming seek church sex-abuse victims

August 23, 2018 GMT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Police in Wyoming say they’re investigating claims of child sexual abuse following an internal investigation by local Roman Catholic Church officials.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne announced in July that a 2002 investigation by authorities was “flawed” and the diocese found that Bishop Joseph Hart sexually abused two boys in Wyoming.

Cheyenne police spokesman Kevin Malatesta said Thursday investigators would like any church abuse victims to talk to investigators within the next month.

Malatesta says police want to keep their investigation moving but will investigate any cases as they’re reported.


Wyoming law prohibits investigators from identifying suspects in sex abuse cases and police haven’t implicated Hart.

Hart denies the Wyoming allegations and previous claims involving several men in the Kansas City, Missouri, area that led to legal settlements.