List of Wyoming Catholic priests accused of abuse released

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Roman Catholic officials in Wyoming have published a list of 11 former clergy they say have had substantiated claims of sexual abuse against them.

The Wyoming Catholic Register newsletter mailed Wednesday publicly names for the first time 10 accused clergy, including priests and a member of a religious order, who served in Wyoming.

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Diocese of Cheyenne officials say the abuse of male and female children and one vulnerable adult occurred between the 1950s and late 1990s.

The diocese says no clergy with substantiated abuse claims have served in Wyoming since at least 2004. They say church officials have reported all abuse claims to police.

The list includes former Bishop Joseph Hart, whom church officials said in 2018 faces substantiated allegations he abused boys in the 1970s.

Hart denies the allegations.

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