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Fri January 23, 2004
Bishop Hart Sued Over Sex Allegations
Kansas City, Mo – Retired Roman Catholic Bishop Joseph Hart is accused in a lawsuit of molesting Kansas City area minors.
Hart was the Roman Catholic bishop for the archdioscese of Wyoming from 1976 until he retired in 2001. He is named in the lawsuit along with a retired priest and a former priest.
Nine men are plaintiffs in the lawsuit and six of them are remaining anonymous.
The lawsuit alleges a series of abuses at a lake home north of Kansas City or in church facilities, often after liquor was given to the minors.
The lawsuit alleges that most of the abuse took place from the 1960s through the 1980s.
Also named as defendants are the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and its current leaders, Bishop Raymond Boland and Vicar General Patrick Rush. The suit says the diocese failed to monitor its priests.
Hart has denied previous allegations against him, and issued another statement of denial on Wednesday through his Kansas City attorney, Larry Ward.