Thomson ReutersJanuary 14, 2013 17:15
* Church placed Father Neil Doherty on "leave" in 2002
* Victims' lawyer says Doherty drugged his victims
By Zachary Fagenson
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla,. Jan 14 (Reuters) - A South Florida priest accused of sexually assaulting young boys for decades pleaded no contest to a half dozen charges on Monday and could face up to 15 years in prison under a plea deal.
It is the first time criminal charges have been brought against Father Neil Doherty, 69, despite numerous civil cases that named him.