The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Robert Poandl, a longtime Catholic priest was convicted on Friday of assaulting a Cincinnati boy in 1991. Poandl, not associated with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati could spend up to ten years behind bars. He is no longer a priest and will be sentenced at a future date.
In 1991, Poandl was allowed to take the victim to a rectory in West Virginia. The victim said that Poandl had awakened him in the middle of the night and sexually assaulted him. The victim didn't say anything until 18 years later.
The defense tried to discredit the victim by bringing up previous marijuana and prescription drug abuse incidents. The victim is now in his 30s and is planning his wedding. Until Poandl receives his sentence, he will be monitored by GPS.
Judy Jones, an associate director for Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said that Poandl had a questionable employment history. He has been transferred at least 30 times in 44 years.
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