Rev. Neil Doherty, a former Roman Catholic priest who has already been named in 25 sex abuse complaints, has been named once again in another case. This one is a Miami-Dade County clergy sex abuse lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Miami.
The complaint accuses Doherty, who is retired and behind Bars in Broward County, of abusing the plaintiff over a 3-year period beginning when he was 8 during the early 90’s. The accuser claims that Doherty, who was with Holy Redeemer Church in Liberty City at the time, would wear his priest’s collar and ride his car through the neighborhood. The plaintiff says that the priest abused him and gave him drugs more than 50 times.
The alleged victim is also claiming the Archdiocese of Miami knew that Doherty had been abusing boys since the 70’s but did not keep the priest away from young kids. Last November, Doherty was arrested on charges he violated the terms of a pretrial release related to his arrest on 2006 on Miami child sex abuse charges. The former priest, who had been under house arrest, was ordered to jail after his GPS device became disconnected for the 8th time since 2009.
One has to only read the news regularly to see that throughout the US, victims are stepping forward and seeking damages for the sex abuse they suffered at the hands of clergy folk. Many of the victims are now grown.
It may not be too late for you to seek Miami injury compensation from your abuser. Sex abuse is an insidious crime that inflicts physical, psychological, and emotional scars that can affect the victim for life. Obtaining injury recovery allows you to hold those responsible liable while also allowing you to take a stand against the person or parties that did you harm.
Retired Catholic priest named in sex-abuse suit, Miami Herald, February 16, 2011
Two More Florida Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits Filed Against Ex-Broward County Priest Awaiting Criminal Trial, South Florida Injury Lawyer Blog, June 26, 2008
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