Update 7-18-07 The Archdiocese of Miami has settled a claim by a former alter boy against Rev. Anthony Mercieca. This is the same priest who allegedly also had inappropriate contact with former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley. (The settlement was unrelated to Foley's case.) The alter boy's claim arose out of conduct in the 1970s when he was 13 years old.
As you may recall, Foley resigned from Congress after his computer messages to young male page became public knowledge. Foley's lawyer claimed that Foley was alcoholic, gay and had been molested as a boy. Mercieca admitted some inappropriate massaging of Foley but denied having sex with Foley. Mercieca is now retired. He was represented by Attorney Alfred Grech.
The lawsuit was settled for a confidential sum. The Plaintiff's attorney was Jeffrey Herman.
Confidential settlements have also been reached involving former South Florida priest, Neil Doherty. Doherty's attorney was David Bogenschutz. Under Florida law, there is no statute of limitations if the victim is under 12. Criminal charges are still pending against Doherty.