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Cheyenne Police Recommend Charges Against Two in Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal

Cheyenne Police Recommend Charges Against Two in Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal

Cheyenne Police are recommending charges against two people following investigation of new information into sex abuse taking place in the community.

According to a department news release, affidavits of probable cause have been filed with the Laramie County District Attorney’s Office, outlining how one Catholic Clergy member, and another seeking clergy membership at the time, sexually abused male juvenile victims in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Due to a Wyoming law to protect the identity of victims in sex abuse cases, the names of the suspects cannot be released at this time.

The submission of the affidavits comes from the Cheyenne Police Department’s year-and-a-half long investigation into allegations that juvenile males were the victims of sex abuse by members of the Catholic Clergy. The case from 2002 was reopened in 2018 when new information was produced and provided to the Cheyenne Police Department by an independent investigation conducted by the Wyoming Diocese of the Catholic Church.

The investigation stems from a case initiated in 2002 that was  Detectives with the CPD utilized this new information to further investigate the 2002 case and in the process found other victims and offenders. While the CPD has submitted affidavits, this case remains open until it has been adjudicated.

Wyoming is unique in that it does not have a statute of limitations, and therefore these crimes, which were committed in the 1970’s and 1980’s, can still be investigated and prosecuted.

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