Priest Expected to Accept Plea Deal in Child-Molestation Case Monday
January 13, 2013
A priest, accused by many men of molesting them as youth, is expected to accept a plea deal Monday morning in Broward Circuit Court, said his lawyer, David Bogenschutz.
Rev. Neil Doherty served at several South Florida churches, including St. Vincent's in Margate and St. Anthony's in Fort Lauderdale. He is now retired from the Archdiocese of Miami.
Many of the men who said they were molested by Doherty said he used his power as a priest to drug and rape them when they were boys.
In the case before the court Monday, Doherty, 69, is charged with multiple counts of lewd or lascivious molestation, lewd acts in the presence of a child and sexual battery on a victim younger than 12, court records show.
Doherty is scheduled to appear before Circuit Judge Kenneth Gillespie.