Cheyenne, Wyo., Aug 30, 2018 / 18:09 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The Diocese of Cheyenne announced Wednesday that it has found credible a third allegation of child sexual abuse committed by Emeritus Bishop Joseph Hart.
After the diocese announced in July that a canonical investigation had concluded there was “credible and substantiated” evidence that Bishop Hart had abused two Wyoming boys, “a third individual reported that he, too, was sexually abused by Bishop Hart in 1980,” the diocese said Aug. 29.
“The diocese reported the allegation to the Cheyenne Police Department and is cooperating with their investigation.”
The Cheyenne diocese said Bishop Hart declined to be interviewed as part of the investigation, and that the investigation's findings were handed over to the Diocesan Review Board.
The review board found the allegation credible and substantiated, and the investigation has been forwarded to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.