Monday, August 30, 2010

Priest Goes On Trial In Spencer

Priest Goes On Trial In Spencer

A Catholic priest is scheduled to go on trial beginning today in Roane County.
Cincinnati Priest Robert Poandl allegedly sexually assaulted and abused a boy when Poandl was at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Rectory in Spencer in 1991.
Investigators say the victim and his family had travelled to
Spencer to visit Poandl.
The alleged victim, now 28-years-old, came forward with the allegations earlier this year.
A Roane County Grand Jury indicted Poandl on charges of first degree sexual abuse, first degree sexual assault, and sexual abuse by a custodian.
A 12-member jury will be chosen to hear the case.
Poandl has not been allowed to perform the duties of a priest since the charges surfaced.

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