Rev. Robert Poandl: Advocates show support for alleged victim in child sexual-abuse trial
CINCINNATI - Judy Jones says she knows how hard it is for people who are sexually abused by priests to come forward.
“I grew up in southeast Ohio and my brother was sexually abused. My parents wouldn’t even believe their own son,” said Jones, Midwest Director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). “That’s why I’m here.”
Jones and other victims advocates sat in federal court Monday to show support for the man who was 10 years old when he was allegedly molested by Rev. Robert Poandl 22 years ago.
A jury was seated and opening arguments were completed on the first day of Poandl’s trial. Testimony starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
“I’m here to support the victim and the family and sit on their side. Typically the priest has a lot of supporters on their side,” said Jones.
Jones said most priest-child sex abuse cases...
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