Yesterday, Fr. Robert Poandl was indicted by federal authorities on child sex crimes.
He worked in Georgia at St. Christopher's in Claxton GA as recently as February of 2012. Prior to that, Poandl worked in Pembroke, GA at Holy Cross from September of 2010 to February 2012. During that same time he alsy worked at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Sandhill, GA. Poandl was removed from public ministry a second time in Feb. 2012, after an allegation of sexual abuse that is said to have occurred "nearly 30 years ago" surfaced.
We are grateful to this brave victim for cooperating with law enforcement authorities and trying to protect other kids from horrific child sex crimes by this predator priest.
Fr. Poandl is a shrewd child molester. But even cunning criminals are sometimes caught.
Still, this is not the time for complacency. Accused Catholic clerics usually get top notch defense lawyers. Sometimes, they walk free by exploiting legal technicalities. And sometimes, they get lenient sentences because other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers stay silent.
So we beg anyone who saw, suspected or suffered Fr. Poandl's crimes to speak up, get help, call police, expose wrongdoing, protect kids and start healing.