Former East Texas priest sentenced in sex abuse case - WNEM TV 5

Former East Texas priest sentenced in sex abuse case

Updated: Feb 12, 2014 09:45 PM
Robert Frank Poandl Robert Frank Poandl

CINCINNATI, OH (KLTV/WXIX) - A former East Texas priest convicted of taking a 10-year-old boy to West Virginia for sex more than two decades ago was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison in Ohio on Wednesday.

Federal jurors found Robert Frank Poandl, now of the Ohio-based Glenmary Home Missioners, guilty in September of transporting a minor in interstate commerce with the intent of engaging him in sex.

Prosecutors said the priest took the boy from Cincinnati to West Virginia in 1991 and raped him while visiting a church there. The crime was not disclosed until the victim came forward in 2009.

A federal grand jury indicted Poandl, known as "Father Bob," in Nov. 2012. FBI agents arrested him at the Glenmary Home Missioners in Fairfield.

U.S. District Attorney Carter Stewart said Poandl was placed on house arrest with electronic monitoring following his arrest and will begin serving his sentence immediately.

From 1994-1999, Poandl worked at Holy Cross in Pittsburg, which is in the Diocese of Tyler.

Tonight on KLTV 7 News at 10, you'll hear the response from the Diocese of Tyler.

For more information on reporting abuse in the Catholic church, click here.

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