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New York Child Victims Act

The New York Child Victims Act makes a necessary change to long standing precedent in statutes of limitations in child sexual assault cases. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has made this Act one of his top initiatives for 2018-19, and after the Legislature voted to approve the legislation on Monday Jan 28th,2019, it now heads to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

The Child Victims Act will extend the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse crimes to the age of 28 in criminal cases and the age of 50 in civil cases, with a one year-window to bring civil claims for victims below that age limit.

For more information on the act and if you feel that a claim can be revived, contact us today.

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Jeff Herman on South Florida Priest’s 15-year Sentence

Betty: Appearing frail and haggard in Broward Circuit Court, retired priest Neil Doherty pleaded no contest to six counts of lewd and lascivious upon a child in exchange for reduced charges and a maximum 15-year prison sentence.

Man: You want this case over today, am I correct?

Father Doherty: That’s correct.

Man: All right. Very well.

Betty: For the victim who alleges that the 69 year old ex-priest drugged and raped him multiple times as a young boy, the plea deal offers some sort of closure.

Jeff: This isn’t about a victory in terms of being able to take away what happened to these men. It’s about justice. It’s about finally having validation and vindication. Because all these years, Doherty has been denying it, the church has been denying it, and we knew better.

Betty: Doherty has a long list of accusers who say he used his position of power at several South Florida churches to molest them when they were children. Some accusations date back to the 1970s. Some cases, they were too old to prosecute. This is the first criminal punishment for Doherty.

Jeff: Hopefully, this is the end of the reign of terror for Father Doherty, who preyed on young boys in Florida for decades.

Betty: Atty. Jeff Herman represents several of Doherty’s alleged victims. He’s filed more than 20 civil suits on their behalf. Doherty’s sentencing is scheduled for January 28. The lawyer for many of those sexual abuse victims says they do plan to be present at that sentencing. In Fort Lauderdale, I’m Betty Yu [SP], NBC 6, South Florida.

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