Scheduled for Molestation Sentencing Today
By Jennifer Edwards Baker
February 12, 2014
A longtime Catholic priest will be sentenced today
after he was convicted last year of taking a Cincinnati boy to
West Virginia and assaulting him in 1991.
Rev. Robert F. Poandl could serve up to 10 years in
prison when he appears before a federal court judge in downtown
Cincinnati at 9:30 a.m.
Federal jurors found him guilty in September of
transporting a minor in interstate commerce with the intent of
engaging him in sex.
Poandl belongs to a Fairfield-based Catholic religious
order called the Glenmary Home Missioners and is not associated
with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
He was relieved of ministerial duties in February 2012
and will remain at a Glenmary retirement-type home until he’s
sentenced, a date for which wasn’t set Friday.
Upon the priest’s conviction, Judge Michael Barrett
ordered he be monitored by GPS tether and only allowed to leave
for doctor appointments and meetings with his lawyer.
Poandl took the boy, with his mother’s permission, on
an overnight trip to a rectory in West Virginia.
Once there, Poandl awakened the boy in the middle of
the night by having sex with him. The victim told authorities
that after the act, Poandl said they had just sinned and needed
to pray to God for forgiveness.
The victim, who now is in his 30s and testified at the
trial, didn’t tell anyone about the assault for 18 years.
Asst. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Parker, chief of criminal
division, said the jury saw past the defense’s efforts to
undermine the victim’s credibility by bringing up his past
abuses of prescription drugs and a 2009 citation for marijuana
According to Survivors Network of those Abused by
Priests, Poandl’s employment history had “big red flags” because
he had been transferred about 30 times in 44 years.
This was the second trial Poandl has faced in the 1991
The same incident was to be the focus of a state trial
in West Virginia in 2010, but the charges were dismissed.
The case was able to be resurrected in federal court
because Poandl was accused of taking the boy across state lines,
resulting in a charge of transporting a minor for illicit