GA - Ex-Georgia priest indicted on child sex crimes
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.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.