Priest Pleads Not Guilty to W.va. Abuse Charge
San Francisco Chronicle
November 19, 2012
|This undated photo released by the U.S. Marshal service shows Robert Poandl. Poandl a Roman Catholic priest, has pleaded not guilty to taking a 10-year-old boy to West Virginia in 1991 so he could sexually abuse him. Photo: U.S. Marshal Service / AP|
A Roman Catholic priest has pleaded not guilty to taking a 10-year-old boy to West Virginia in 1991 so he could sexually abuse him.
The Rev. Robert Poandl, of the Cincinnati-based Glenmary Home Missioners, was released on his own recognizance following his not guilty plea Monday in federal court in Cincinnati.
An indictment last week accused Poandl of taking the boy on Aug. 3, 1991.
The religious order says the indictment is related to a June 2009 accusation of sexual misconduct with a minor in Spencer, W.Va.
In 2010, a West Virginia judge dismissed charges that accused Poandl of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy while they visited a church there in 1991.