OH- Predator priest to be sentenced
For immediate release Tuesday, February 11, 2014
For more information contact: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com
Predator priest to be sentenced
He was found guilty & worked in 8 states
Courtroom may be filled with his supporters
On Wednesday, a Cincinnati judge will sentence a priest to serve prison time for molesting a boy on an out of state trip.
He is Fr. Robert (Bob) Poandl.
Poandl's was found guilty last Sept 20th of transporting a 10 year old boy from Cincinnati to Spencer, WV and sexually abused him. Poandl's sentencing is set for tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb 12th at 9:30 am. in the Potter Stewart U.S. Federal Courthouse (room 109).
SNAP's Midwest Associate Director, Judy Jones, is in Cincinnati to support the victim and his family and will hold a news conference after Fr. Poandl's sentencing outside the courthouse (on Walnut Street at the corner of 100 East 5th St.).
Here are links to the guilty verdict.
“This victim and his family are very brave,” said Judy Jones of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. “And this predator is very shrewd.”
Jones urges anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered Fr. Poandl’s crimes to call prosecutors immediately.
“It’s never too late to share what you know or suspect with law enforcement officials,” she stressed. “It’s up to us to pass on information. And it’s up to police and prosecutors to determine what will help them prosecute a criminal.”
Fr. Poandl belongs to a Fairfield Ohio-based Catholic religious order called the Glenmary Missioners. Glenmary Home Missioners had removed Poandl from ministry once in June 2009 for child sex abuse allegations and then put him back into ministry in Sept 2010 at three churches: St. Christopher's in Claxton, Holy Cross in Pembroke, and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Sandhill, GA. They then removed him again in Feb. 2012 because of a second allegation.
Fr. Poandl worked in Hugo and Boswell, in the Tulsa Diocese, between 1999 and 2003. He also worked at churches and church assignments in OH, PA, TX, KY, LA, and MS.
“He has been transferred roughly 30 times in 44 years. That alone is a serious red flag,” said David Clohessy of SNAP. "Because his church supervisors kept him on the job as recently as 2012, there could be even more recent victims of Fr Poandl."
His photos and detailed work history are here:
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 15,000 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)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, firstname.lastname@example.org), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434, email@example.com), Judy Jones, cell (314-974-5003, SNAPJudy@gmail.com)
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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