Robert Poandl: Convicted Child Molester Says He Is Dying,
Requests Lighter Sentence
February 12, 2014
CINCINNATI – The Fairfield Catholic priest convicted of
molesting a 10-year-old boy says he is dying of cancer and is
asking a federal judge for a lighter sentence. But the judge has
just the opposite idea.
Judge Michael R. Barrett informed Rev. Robert Poandl
that he was actually considering a harsher sentence than federal
guidelines call for.
Sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday.
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Poandl, who turns 73 in May, is likely to die before the
end of the year, his attorney, Stephen J. Wenke, said in his
Poandl has Stage IV urothelial cancer, Wenke said.
Barrett said he was considering a sentence of up to 96
months (eight years) based on the pre-sentence report.
Sentencing guidelines call for 41 to 51 months (roughly
3 1/2 to 4 1/4 years), the judge said.
Last September, a jury convicted Poandl of one count of
transportation of a minor across state lines for illicit purposes
in a 22-year-old case.
A 32-year-old Cincinnati man testified that Poandl raped
him in 1991 on an overnight trip to a parish church in Spencer,
W.Va. He said Poandl attacked him while he was sleeping in the
parish rectory, and that Poandl apologized and said Mass the next
The accuser's mother testified he did not tell his
parents or anyone else about the attack for 18 years until 2009.
The man said he suffered nightmares after the attack,
experimented with LSD and cocaine, got hooked on Oxycodone and
plotted to kill the priest and commit suicide.
Poandl is a member of Fairfield-based Glenmary Home
Missioners, a religious order serving rural communities. It is
not affiliated with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, according to
an archdiocese spokesperson.
In February 2012, Poandl was accused of sexual
misconduct and was relieved of his ministerial duties, a Glenmary
spokesperson said. The alleged incident took place nearly 30
years earlier when the victim was a minor.
After that accusation, Poandl lived under a safety plan
at Glenmary's Fairfield residence and was not allowed to function
as a priest or wear the white collar.
Poandl was indicted in the West Virginia case 10 months
later in November 2012. He was put under house arrest and
required to wear an ankle bracelet, which the court monitors.
Poandl is prohibited from leaving the Glenmary residence
except for legal or medical appointments and is always
accompanied by at least one Glenmarian when he leaves the
residence, the spokesperson said.