OK - Ex Oklahoma priest faces child sex trial
For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 12
Catholic priest trial to start
He’s accused of molesting a boy
And he worked in two Oklahoma towns
A criminal child sex abuse trial against a priest who worked in two Oklahoma towns is set to begin on Monday, Sept 16th in the Potter Stewart U.S. Federal Courthouse (room 109), 100 East 5th St., in downtown Cincinnati, OH.
Fr. Robert Poandl faces federal child sex charges that he took a 10-year Cincinnati old boy to West Virginia in August 1991 where he is alleged to have sexually assaulted the child.
Fr. Poandl worked in Hugo and Boswell, in the Tulsa Diocese, between 1999 and 2003.
“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 urged 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. Besides Oklahoma, he worked at churches and church assignments in OH, PA, TX, KY, LA, MS and GA.
“He has been transferred roughly 30 times in 44 years. That alone is a serious red flag,” said David Clohessy of SNAP.
His photos and detailed work history are here:
The trial was initially scheduled for Aug 26th.
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- 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.
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