Former Catholic Bishop Faces Wyoming Sex Abuse Allegations

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A former Catholic bishop is facing multiple allegations of sexual abuse of boys during his career, including 25 years in Wyoming.

At least three Wyoming men say former Bishop Joseph Hart abused them while he worked in the Diocese of Cheyenne.

A spokesman for the Kansas City, Missouri, diocese says it settled lawsuits in 10 other cases involving Hart over the years.

Four people have leveled abuse claims against Hart in the past year.

Hart has consistently denied allegations of sexual abuse or misconduct, while his attorney has not responded to repeated messages seeking comment.

Hart was among 11 people named in a June report by the Diocese of Cheyenne about sexual abuse between 1957 and 2003.

Hart led the diocese from 1976 until 2001.