Former Wyoming Bishop Faces Another Sex Abuse Suit

6 years 8 months 1 week ago Friday, November 04 2011 Nov 4, 2011 Friday, November 04, 2011 8:50:00 AM CDT November 04, 2011 in News
Source: BSA-Discrimination
By: Associated Press

CHEYENNE (AP) - Former Wyoming Roman Catholic Bishop Joseph Hart is facing new allegations that he molested children in the 1970's.

A Missouri man filed a civil lawsuit Thursday alleging that Hart sexually abused him as a minor when Hart was a priest in Kansas City, Mo.

The charge is the sixth sexual abuse lawsuit filed against Hart, who owns property in Wyoming and Missouri, according to the complaint.

The previous five lawsuits were settled in 2008 as part of a $10 million agreement that involved 47 plaintiffs who sued 12 clergy members, including Hart.

Hart served as the bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne, which represents all of Wyoming, for more than two decades. He was a priest in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph from the 1950s until he came here in 1976.

He retired in 2001 from his position at the Diocese of Cheyenne.

The 38-page complaint, filed with the Circuit Court of Jackson County in Missouri, makes accusations of sexual molestation, harassment and negligence against Hart. It also claims Hart committed fraud by attempting to cover up his actions.

The incidents allegedly took place between 1975 and 1976 at St. Regis Church in Kansas City, Mo. The plaintiff was a parishioner at the church during that time period.

Neither Hart nor his legal representation could be reached for comment Thursday.

In response to the past allegations, Hart has maintained he did nothing wrong.

The lawsuit also lists Thomas J. O'Brien, who was a clergy member in Kansas City, and the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph as co-defendants.

O'Brien was a priest at St. Regis Church in Kansas City, Mo., during the alleged abuse, according to the court documents. The complaint alleges O'Brien also sexually molested the plaintiff.

In the wake of the 2008 settlement, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, lobbied for Paul D. Etienne, the current bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne, to release Hart's personnel files and to take a stand on the issue.

SNAP Director David Clohessy said Thursday that the latest allegation shows there is further need for the Roman Catholic Church to repudiate Hart.

"What should matter are the promises made by every U.S. bishop to suspend credibly accused child molesting clerics and be open about child sex abuse cases," Clohessy said. "Instead, Etienne continues to be secretive about these charges and do virtually nothing to keep kids away from Hart."

Carol DeLois, chancellor at the Diocese of Cheyenne, said they received word of the new allegations Thursday afternoon. She said the diocese will cooperate with any investigation.

She added the diocese is praying for both the plaintiff and Hart.

"The diocese always stands committed to the protection of children," she said, "and we would always cooperate with a legal investigation."

 

More News

Grid
List
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Callaway County Sheriff's deputies will continue to patrol the Little Dixie Conservation Area Sunday night and into... More >>
6 hours ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 9:10:00 PM CDT July 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Ragtag Cinema showed the World Cup Final against France and Croatia Sunday on its movie screens free of charge.... More >>
8 hours ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 7:53:00 PM CDT July 15, 2018 in Continuous News
BOONE COUNTY - Two cities in Boone County have higher numbers of traffic stops involving minorities, according to an annual... More >>
9 hours ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 6:56:00 PM CDT July 15, 2018 in News
(CNN Money) -- Amazon has successfully invented a new shopping holiday, and it's set to capitalize on the rewards. ... More >>
10 hours ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 5:19:00 PM CDT July 15, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities shot and killed a man suspected of shooting three Kansas City police officers, a newspaper... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 1:34:00 PM CDT July 15, 2018 in News
CHICAGO (AP) — Footage from body cameras and surveillance cameras shows that a man who was shot and killed by... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 11:07:56 AM CDT July 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A proposed ballot initiative aims to replace Missouri's system for drawing state legislative districts with a... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 10:46:43 AM CDT July 15, 2018 in News
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water being released into the lower Missouri River will likely remain above normal... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 10:27:00 AM CDT July 15, 2018 in News
MORGAN COUNTY - 37-year-old Brett Davidson of Clarksville, Tennessee was pronounced dead after drowning in the Lake of the Ozarks,... More >>
18 hours ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 9:53:00 AM CDT July 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Senator Claire McCaskill and Attorney General Josh Hawley both met with supporters and volunteers Saturday at each of their... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 14 2018 Jul 14, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 10:43:00 PM CDT July 14, 2018 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - A 17-year-old from Jefferson City will be competing at the CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin, in August.... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 14 2018 Jul 14, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 6:50:00 PM CDT July 14, 2018 in Sports
COLUMBIA - House hunters are looking beyond Columbia due to a lack of middle-income housing in the city. Realtor... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 14 2018 Jul 14, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 5:00:00 PM CDT July 14, 2018 in News
(CNN Money) -- Microsoft has helped innovate facial recognition software. Now it's urging the US government to enact regulation to... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 14 2018 Jul 14, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 3:22:00 PM CDT July 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA — Seven cases of cyclosporiasis in Missouri may be linked to eating McDonald's salads, the Missouri Department of Health... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 14 2018 Jul 14, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 2:33:00 PM CDT July 14, 2018 in News
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. homeland security secretary said on Saturday there are no signs that Russia is targeting this... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 14 2018 Jul 14, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 2:20:00 PM CDT July 14, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- A paragliding protester hovered within surprising proximity of President Donald Trump on Friday night as the president admired... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 14 2018 Jul 14, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 1:38:05 PM CDT July 14, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Some Missouri nurses will soon be able to take advantage of a pilot program that allows... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 14 2018 Jul 14, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 11:00:00 AM CDT July 14, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- If movie-streaming seems like Goliath, Blockbuster video store owners are an industry's Davids still fighting to keep the... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 14 2018 Jul 14, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 8:29:00 AM CDT July 14, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 74°
4am 74°
5am 72°
6am 72°
7am 73°