Published: Nov 10, 2011 6:37 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) - A Miami jury has returned a $100 million verdict against a Roman Catholic priest in a child sex abuse case, but the money may be nearly impossible to collect.
    
The verdict Thursday came against Neil Doherty, who is jailed in Broward County awaiting trial on criminal charges related to a different abuse case. Doherty has pleaded not guilty in the criminal case.
    
Attorney Jeff Herman said the verdict is the first against Doherty himself. About 20 lawsuits have been filed against the Archdiocese of Miami involving similar allegations against Doherty. Many have been settled out of court.
    
Herman says there may not be much money to collect from Doherty. But Herman says the verdict will help the victim heal and send a message that such conduct is intolerable.

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