|Rev. Robert F. "Bob" Poandl, g.h.m.
Summary of Case: A priest of the Glenmary Home Missioners, which serves in rural areas of the U.S., Poandl was accused in 2009 of having sexually abused a 10-year-old OH boy on a trip to West Virginia in 1991. After a police investigation he was charged in January 2010 with sexual abuse. The charges were dropped in August and Poandl was returned to ministry in Georgia in September 2010. In February 2012 a second person reported having been sexually abused by Poandl nearly 30 years previously. Poandl was again removed from public ministry, and returned to Glenmary headquarters in Fairfield, OH. Poandl maintained he was not guilty. In November 2012 Poandl was indicted on federal charges of transporting a minor across state lines for illicit purposes, related to the 2009 accusation that he sexually abused an OH boy in WV in 1991. Poandl pleaded not guilty. He was placed on house arrest with GPS monitoring pending trial. Poandl was sentenced in February 2014 to 7.5 years in prison.
Natchez-Jackson bishop was Joseph Bernard Brunini (1967-1984)
|1973||St. Francis||Aberdeen||MS||3/3, 2/2,1/2,1/1|
|1968||1973||St. Helen's||Armory||MS||This was a mission of St. Francis in Aberdeen.|
|1968||1973||Immaculate Heart of Mary||Houston||MS||This was a mission of St. Francis in Aberdeen.|
|1968||1973||St. Theresa's||Okolona||MS||This was a mission of St. Francis in Aberdeen.|
|1968||1973||Christ the King||Fulton||MS||This was a mission of St. Francis in Aberdeen.|
Harrisburg bishop was Joseph Thomas Daley (1971-1983)
|1974?||St. Jude's||Mifflintown||PA||Poandl is indexed in the 1974 Directory as at St. Francis in Aberdeen, but he is not listed as there in the Natchez-Jackson diocesan pages. This placement is per the Glenmary website. The time frame for Poandl's placement in Mifflintown/Doylesburg is not indicated, but it may have been between his stints in Aberdeen and New Orleans. However, Harrisgburg diocesan pages of the 1974 Directory do not list Poandl as at St. Jude's.|
|1973?||1974?||Our Lady of Refuge||Doylesburg||PA||This was a mission of St. Jude's in Mifflintown.|
New Orleans archbishop was Philip Matthew Hannan (1965-1988)
|1975||Glenmary House of Studies||New Orleans||LA||Director||This was an undergraduate house of studies at Loyola University for Glenmary priesthood and brotherhood candidates.|
Cincinnati archbishop was Joseph Louis Bernardin (1972-1982)
|1979||Motherhouse of Glenmary Home Missions||Fairfield||OH||House Director; Second Vice-President|
Atlanta archbishop was
|1979||1981||St. Paul the Apostle||Cleveland||GA||This was a mission of St. Luke's in Dahlonega.|
|1979||1981||St. Francis of Assisi||
|GA||This was a mission of St. Luke's in Dahlonega.|
|1979||1981||U.S. Ranger Camp||Dahlonega||GA||This was a station of St. Luke's in Dahlonega.|
|1981||1988||St. Francis of Assisi||
• Poandl was accused in Feb. 2012 of having sexually abused an anonymous person "nearly 30 years ago".
• In July 2012 a man reported to police that Poandl molested him when he was a 10 year-old St. Francis altar boy in the 1980s.
|1981||1988||St. Paul the Apostle
||Cleveland||GA||This was a mission of St. Francis of Assisi in Blairsville.|
Cincinnati archbishop was Daniel Edward Pilarczyk (1982-2009)
|1994||Headquarters of Glenmary Home Missioners||
• A 28 year-old Cincinnati man reported to the Glenmary order in June 2009 that Poandl sexually abused him in 1991 when the man was 10 years-old. The man said the abuse occurred during a trip from Ohio to Spencer, West Virginia, at the Holy Redeemer parish rectory.
|OH||Acting Vocation Director 1988-1990; Vocation Director 1990-1994||Police said Poandl traveled to W.VA one weekend in Aug. 1991 to fill-in for a Holy Redeemer priest, and that he brought the boy with him.|
Tyler bishop was Edmond Carmody (1992-2000)
|1999||Holy Cross||Pittsburg||TX||1/1||Holy Cross had a religious education program with 58-140 students.|
Tulsa bishop was Edward James Slattery (1993-)
|2003||Immaculate Conception||Hugo||OK||1/1||Immaculate Conception had a religious education program with 41-29 students.|
|1999||2003||St. Jude||Boswell||OK||This was a mission of Immaculate Conception in Hugo.|
|2003||2007||Headquarters of Glenmary Home Missioners||Fairfield||OH||1st Vice-President; Director of Education|
Savannah bishop was John Kevin Boland (1995-2011)
|June 2009||St. Christopher's||Claxton||GA||1/1|
|2007||June 2009||St. Jude||Glenville||GA||This was a mission of St. Christopher's in Claxton.|
|2007||June 2009||Holy Cross||Pembroke||GA||This was a mission of St. Christopher's in Claxton.|
|2007||June 2009||Our Lady of Guadalupe||Sandhill||GA||This was a mission of St. Christopher's in Claxton.|
Cincinnati archbishop was Dennis Marion Schnurr (2009-)
|Sept. 2010||Administrative Leave/Headquarters of Glenmary Home Missioners||Fairfield||OH||
Poandl was charged in Jan. 2010 by West Virginia State Police with first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a custodian, after investigating a June 2009 report that a 10 year-old boy had been abused by Poandl at a W.VA parish in 1991.
Glenmary president, Rev. Dan Dorsey, stated that after learning of the allegations in June 2009 he removed Poandl from public ministry in Georgia and had him return to Glenmary headquarters in Cincinnati.
Boland was succeeded as Savannah bishop by Gregory John Hartmayer, O.F.M. Conv. (2011-)
|Feb. 2012||St. Christopher's||Claxton||GA||Poandl returned to public ministry in Georgia Sept. 25, 2010.|
|Sept. 2010||Feb. 2012||Holy Cross||Pembroke||GA||This was a mission of St. Christopher's in Claxton.|
|Sept. 2010||Feb. 2012||Our Lady of Guadalupe||Sandhill||GA||This was a mission of St. Christopher's in Claxton.|
|Feb. 2012||Feb. 2014||Administrative Leave/Headquarters of Glenmary Home Missioners||Fairfield||OH||
Poandl was indicted by a federal grand jury in Nov. 2012 on charges that in 1991 he transported a 10 year-old boy across state lines for illicit purposes. This is the same case for which charges were previously dropped on a technicality. Poandl pleaded not guilty and was released on his own recognizance. He was placed on house arrest, with GPS monitoring.
In Dec. 2012 Poandl requested and was granted permission to travel to New York for medical treatment. His trial, which was to begin in January 2013, was postponed until March 18, 2013.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1969-2011)
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