Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

September 16, 2013

Prosecutor says Ohio priest raped boy

CINCINNATI — A federal prosecutor told jurors that an Ohio priest took a 10-year-old boy to West Virginia for sex more than two decades ago and raped him there.

The accusation was made in opening statements Monday in the priest’s trial in Cincinnati. Robert Poandl has pleaded not guilty to a charge of knowingly transporting a minor in interstate commerce for sex.

Poandl’s attorney told jurors that the allegations are not true and that the evidence will show that Poandl did not even take the boy to West Virginia.

The trial of the priest from the Cincinnati-based Glenmary Home Missioners began after the judge earlier rejected a defense motion to dismiss the case on statute of limitations grounds. The charge was filed 21 years after the abuse allegedly occurred.

 

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