OH--Convicted serial predator priest wants out of jail
For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 21
Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Assistant Midwest Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (636 433 2511, 314 974 5003, SNAPjudy@gmail.com)
The latest legal moved by a convicted pedophile priest shows why every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes must speak up.
Fr. Robert Poandl wants his child sex abuse conviction overturned on technicalities. We hope he fails. And we hope that donations from parishioners are not funding his increasingly expensive legal maneuvers to duck responsibility for his heinous crimes.
There is absolutely no reason why this serial child predator should be given any special treatment. It is public information that he sexually abused at least 3 boys, so he needs to be kept behind bars and away from innocent children.
It’s possible he may prevail. (Often, predator priests get top-notch lawyers and exploit loopholes and walk free.) So it’s crucial that others who may have knowledge of or suspicions about Fr. Poandl find the courage to come forward and contact police, no matter how long ago it happened. Your silence only hurts. By speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
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.
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