FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A former priest who accepted a plea deal in early January on sex abuse charges learned his sentence Monday morning.
A frail, disheveled, and seemingly confused, Father Neil Doherty didn't speak during the hearing, didn't acknowledge two of his victims who were in the courtroom. Doherty molested those two victims, now grown men, when they were just teens.
Nearly three dozen men have accused Doherty of molesting them in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Many of those victims have filed civil suits against him and the Archdiocese of Miami, claiming church leaders knew of Doherty's behavior and moved him between parishes to cover it up.
The 69-year-old Catholic priest was looking at life in prison for allegedly molesting at young boy at a parish in Margate in the 1990s
In early January, Doherty pleaded no contest to 6 of the 8 felony counts against him. That reduced sex abuse charges from a capital felony to a second degree felony. The other two charges were dropped...
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