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.

Ordained
: 1968

   

Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1968

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.

1973?

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.

1974

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.

1975

Cincinnati archbishop was Joseph Louis Bernardin (1972-1982)

1979 Motherhouse of Glenmary Home Missions Fairfield OH House Director; Second Vice-President  

1979

Atlanta archbishop was

1981 St. Luke's Dahlonega GA 1/1  
1979 1981 St. Paul the Apostle Cleveland GA   This was a mission of St. Luke's in Dahlonega.
1979 1981 St. Francis of Assisi

Blairsville

 

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

Blairsville

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.

GA 1/1  
1981 1988 St. Paul the Apostle

Cleveland GA   This was a mission of St. Francis of Assisi in Blairsville.
      Franklin KY Administrator  

1988

Cincinnati archbishop was Daniel Edward Pilarczyk (1982-2009)

1994 Headquarters of Glenmary Home Missioners

Fairfield

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.

1994

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.

1999

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  

2007

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.

June 2009

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.

Poandl pleaded not guilty to the charges. The case was dismissed in Aug. 2010 by a judge who said that not all of the accuser's medical records had been turned over to the court, as he had ordered.

Sept. 2010

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 removed from plublic ministry a second time in Feb. 2012, after an allegation of sexual abuse that is said to have occurred "nearly 30 years ago" surfaced. Poandl denied the accusations.

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.

Poandl was convicted in Sept. 2013 of interstate transportation of a minor for illicit purposes. He was sentenced Feb. 12, 2014 to 7.5 years in prison.

 

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1969-2011)

Area Priest Indicted on W.va. Sex Crime Charges, WLWT, February 2, 2010
Priest in Local Order Faces Abuse Charges, Victim Says Robert F. Poandl Molested Him in 1991, By Carrie Whitaker, Cincinnati Enquirer, February 2, 2010
Father Bob Poandl, Glenmary Home Missioners for Rural America, February 4, 2010
Abuse-Victim Support Group Slams W.Va. Bishop, Your Silence in This Matter Is Deafening,' SNAP Says after Priest Is Arrested in Reported '91 Roane Assault, By Kathryn Gregory, Charleston Gazette, February 5, 2010
Ohio Priest Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Charges in WV, Dayton Daily News, February 12, 2010
Priest’s Attorneys Want Ex-nun’s Diary, By David Hedges, The Times Record, February 18, 2010,
Priest with New Orleans Ties Faces Sex Abuse Indictment in West Virginia, By Bruce Nolan, Times-Picayune, March 11, 2010
Ex-nun Refuses to Hand over Journal, By David Hedges, The Times Record, April 22, 2010
Rural Priest Accused of Child Sex Abuse in West Virginia, By Dana Clark, Savannah Morning News, May 4, 2010
Trial for Priest Postponed, Metro News, June 10, 2010
Roane Judge Dismisses Priest's 1991 Molestation Charges, By Andrew Clevenger, Charleston Gazette, August 30 2010
Judge Tosses Sex Abuse Case against Priest, By David Hedges, Times Record, September 2, 2010
Judge Dismisses 'With Prejudice' Sex Abuse Charges against Catholic Priest, Catholic News Agency, September 2, 2010
West Virginia v. Poandl Order 9.3.10
Glenmary Priest Returning to Active Ministry, Glenmary Home Missioners statement, Sept. 8, 2010
Priest in Cincinnati-based Order Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Relieved of Ministerial Duties, The Republic, February 15, 2012
Pembroke, Claxton Priest Removed from Church Duties over Abuse Allegations, By Jan Skutch, Savannah Morning News, February 17, 2012
Advocate Group Protests Former Atlanta Priest, By Bernard Watson, CBS Atlanta, February 22, 2012
Priest Returns to Cincinnati Amid Allegations, City Beat, February 27, 2012
Third Alleged Victim Accuses Former Savannah Area Priest of Abuse, By Jan Skutch, Savannah Morning News, August 22, 2012
New Abuse Allegations against Fmr Savannah Priest, By Andrew Davis, WSAV, August 23, 2012
Priest Accused of Sexual Misconduct Again, WCPO, August 23, 2012
Third Person Accuses Former Priest of Abuse, By Jan Skutch, Savannah Morning News, August 30, 2012
Priest Indicted on Federal Sex Crime Charge, WLWT, November 15, 2012
Fairfield Priest Faces Child Abuse Charge, By Dan Horn, Cincinnati Enquirer, November 15, 2012
Fairfield Priest Arrested on Child Sex Charges, WKRC, November 15, 2012
Ohio Priest Indicted for West Virginia Child Sex Crimes, By David Clohessy, SNAP, November 15, 2012
Priest in Ohio Order Jailed after 1991 Sex Claim, NECN, November 16, 2012
Former Pembroke Priest Indicted on Child Sex Charge, By Bryan County Now, Savannah Morning News, November 16, 2012
Priest Indicted, Arrested, Detained for Interstate Transportation of a Minor to Commit Sex, FBI, November 19, 2012
Priest Pleads Not Guilty to W.VA Abuse Charge, San Francisco Chronicle, November 19, 2012
Judge Releases Fairfield Priest on Bond, Fox 19, November 19, 2012
Priest Enters Not Guilty Plea in Child Sex Case, By Ed Richter, Fairfield Echo, November 20, 2012
Ohio Priest Accused of Abuse in W.va Released, San Francisco Chronicle, December 19, 2012
Ohio Priest Says Abuse Charges Filed Too Late, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, July 2, 2013
Prosecutor Says Ohio Priest Abuse Charges Valid, Albany Times Union, July 9, 2013
Priest to Face More Molestation Accusations at Trial, By Amber Hunt, Cincinnati.com, September 13, 2013
Catholic Priest Trial to Start, SNAP, September 13, 2013
Ex-priest to Stand Trial for Child Sex Charges, Statesboro Herald, September 13, 2013
Priest Faces Trial in Child Molestation Case, Cincinnati Inquirer, September 16, 2013
Prosecutor Says Ohio Priest Raped Boy in W.Va., By Lisa Cornwell, CT Post, September 16, 2013
Rev. Robert Poandl: Child Sexual-abuse Trial Begins for Former Pastor of Glenmary Home Missioners, By Greg Noble, WCPO, September 16, 2013
Rev. Robert Poandl: Mother Testifies She Sent Son on Trip Where Priest Sexually Abused Him, WCPO, September 17, 2013
Jury Begins Deliberations in Trial of Ohio Priest, By Lisa Cornwell, Times Union, September 19, 2013
Rev. Robert Poandl: Man Testifies He Plotted to Kill Priest Who Sodomized Him, By Greg Noble, WCPO, September 19, 2013
Priest Found Guilty of Taking Boy for Illicit Purposes, By Amber Hunt, Cincinnati Enquirer, September 20, 2013
Priest Found Guilty of Sex Charges, Dayton Daily News, September 20, 2013
Fairfield Priest Found Guilty in Sex Abuse Trial, By Kelly Taylor, Fox 19, September 20, 2013
OH - Predator Priest Found Guilty; SNAP Responds, By David Clohessy, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, September 20, 2013
Jury Convicts Priest of Illegal Interstate Transportation of a Minor, By Fred Alverson, The United States Attorney's Office, District of Southern Ohio, September 20, 2013
Rev. Robert Poandl: Priest Found Guilty in Child Sexual Abuse Case, By Greg Noble, WCPO, September 20, 2013
Priest Found Guilty of Sex Charges, WHIO, September 20, 2013
Jury Finds Cincinnati-Area Priest Guilty in Sex Abuse Trial, WLWT, September 20, 2013
Former Miss. Priest Convicted of Sexually Assaulting Child in W. VA, By Ruth Ingram, The Clarion-Ledger, September 23, 2013
Former Pembroke Priest Found Guilty of Child Abuse, Savannah Morning News, September 23, 2013
Ex-priest Found Guilty of Child Sex Abuse, By Holli Deal Bragg, Statesboro Herald, September 23, 2013
Former Savannah Diocese Priest Convicted of Sex Crimes, By Andrew Davis, WJBF, September 23, 2013
Former Pembroke Priest Found Guilty on Child Sex Charges, Coastal Courier, September 25, 2013
Diocese Reminds Parishioners of Sex Abuse Hotline, By Jason Wermers, Statesboro Herald, September 25, 2013
Father of Priest Abuse Victim Speaks Out, By Andrew Davism, WSAV, September 27, 2013
Ohio Priest Convicted of Abuse Wants Acquittal, Charleston Gazette, October 4, 2013
Ohio Priest Convicted of Abuse Wants Acquittal, Greenwich Times, October 4, 2013
Rev. Robert Poandl: Convicted Child Molester Says He Is Dying, Requests Lighter Sentence, WCPO, February 12, 2014
Convicted priest gets 7 1/2 year prison sentence, Man appears at priest's sex case sentencing, claims he's also victim, WLWT, Feb. 12, 2014


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This assignment record was last updated on Feb. 13, 2014


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