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Fr. Robert Poandl (Glenmary Home Missioners) – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Robert Poandl

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: 1968

Died: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • 1968-1973 St. Francis (Aberdeen, MS)
  • 1968-1973 St. Helen’s (Armory, MS) 
  • 1968-1973 Immaculate Heart of Mary (Houston, MS) 
  • 1968-1973 St. Theresa’s (Okolona, MS) 
  • 1968-1973 Christ the King (Fulton, MS) 
  • 1973?-1974? St. Jude’s (Mifflintown, PA)
  • 1973?-1974? Our Lady of Refuge (Doylesburg, PA)
  • 1974-1975 Glenmary House of Studies (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1979-1981 Motherhouse of Glenmary Home Missions (Fairfield, OH)
  • 1979-1981 St. Luke (Dahlonega, GA)
  • 1981-1988 St. Francis of Assisi (Blairsville, GA)
  • 1981-1988 St. Paul the Apostle (Cleveland, GA)
  • 1988-1994 Headquarters of Glenmary Home Missioners (Fairfield, OH)
  • 1994-1999 Holy Cross (Pittsburg, TX)
  • 1999-2003 Immaculate Conception (Hugo, OK)
  • 1999-2003 St. Jude (Boswel, OK)
  • 2003-2007 Headquarters of Glenmary Home Missioners (Fairfield, OH)
  • 2007-June 2009 St. Christopher’s (Claxton, GA) 
  • 2007-June 2009 St. Jude (Glenville, GA) 
  • 2007-June 2009 Holy Cross (Pembroke, GA)
  • 2007-June 2009 Our Lady of Guadalupe (Sandhill, GA)
  • June 2009-2010 Headquarters of Glenmary Home Missioners (Fairfield, OH)
  • Sept.2010- Feb. 2012 St. Christopher’s (Claxton, GA)
  • Sept.2010- Feb. 2012 Holy Cross (Pembroke, GA)
  • Sept.2010- Feb. 2012 Our Lady of Guadalupe (Sandhill, GA)
  • Sept.2010- Feb. 2012 Headquarters of Glenmary Home Missioners (Fairfield, OH)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Poandl:

Father Robert Poandl was a priest of the Glenmary Home Missioners, which serves rural areas of the United States. He served in multiple dioceses throughout the country. According to media reports, in 2009, Father Poandl was accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy from Ohio while on a trip to West Virginia in 1991. He denied the allegation. In June 2009, he was removed from the Diocese of Savannah. After a police investigation, in January 2010, he was charged with 3 counts of abuse, including rape. He pleaded not guilty.

In August 2010, the case was dismissed by a judge who said that not all of the accuser’s medical records were turned over to the court, as had been ordered. Father Poandl was returned to ministry in Georgia in September 2010. 

In February 2012, another allegation was reported by a man that he had been sexually abused by Father Poandl nearly 30 years earlier. The priest again denied the allegation, and was again removed from ministry. He returned to Glenmary headquarters in Fairfield, OH.

In November 2012, Father Poandl was indicted on federal charges of transporting a minor across state lines with intent to engage in sexual activity. The charges were related to the 2009 allegation that he sexually abused the Ohio boy in West Virginia in 1991. 

According to federal court records, the priest took the boy, with his mother’s permission, on an overnight trip to a rectory in West Virginia. The boy was awakened in the middle of the night by Father Poandl having anal sex with him. 

The alleged victim said nothing of the abuse until his fiancee said it was her dream to get married in a Catholic church. Soon after, he told her and his parents that Father Poandl had assaulted him nearly twenty earlier.

Father Poandl pleaded not guilty and was placed on house arrest with GPS monitoring until the trial. In September 2013, he was convicted and in February 2014, he was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison. A total of three victims had come forward at that time.

“He preyed on the weak and the poor, he preyed on children to satisfy his sexual desires,” one survivor said at the sentencing hearing. “It is time for justice to finally be served. There is nowhere left for Robert Poandl to hide.”

In September 2017, Father Poandl lost his attempt to appeal the conviction. 

In August 2018, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Harrisburg’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

In November 2018, his name appeared publicly on the Archdioceses of Atlanta and New Orleans’ lists of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors, as well as on the Dioceses of Savannah and Wheeling-Charleston’s lists of clergy credibly accused of child sex abuse.  

Father Poandl died in prison in January 2019.

In March 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Jackson’s list.  Six years after his criminal conviction in September 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Glenmary Home Missioners’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

In October 2019, Father Poandl’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Tulsa and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s lists of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Robert Poandl – Diocese of Harrisburg

Father Robert Poandl

Diocese of Harrisburg

Robert Poandl Horowitz Law


Ordained:1968

Died: 2019 

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1968-1973 St. Francis (Aberdeen, MS) St. Helen’s (Armory, MS) Immaculate Heart of Mary (Houston, MS) St. Theresa’s (Okolona, MS) Christ the King (Fulton, MS)
  • 1973-1974 St. Jude’s (Mifflintown, PA) Our Lady of Refuge (Doylesburg, PA)
  • 1974-1975 Glenmary House of Studies (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1975-1979 Motherhouse of Glenmary Home Missions (Fairfield, OH)
  • 1979-1981 St. Luke’s (Dahlonega, GA) St. Paul the Apostle (Cleveland, GA) St. Francis of Assisi (Blairsville, GA) U.S. Ranger Camp (Dahlonega, GA)
  • 1981-1988 St. Francis of Assisi (Blairsville, GA) St. Paul the Apostle (Cleveland, GA)
  • 1988-1994 Headquarters of Glenmary Home Missioners (Fairfield, OH)
  • 1994-1999 Holy Cross (Pittsburg, TX)
  • 1999-2003 Immaculate Conception (Hugo, OK) St. Jude (Boswell, OK)
  • 2003-2007 Headquarters of Glenmary Home Missioners (Fairfield, OH)
  • 2007-2009 St. Christopher’s (Claxton, GA) St. Jude (Glenville, GA) Holy Cross (Pembroke, GA) Our Lady of Gudalupe (Sandhill, GA) Administrative Leave (Fairfield, OH)
  • 2010-2012 St. Christophers (Claxton, GA) Holy Cross (Pembroke, GA) Our Lady of Guadalupe (Sandhill, GA)
  • 2012-2014 Administrative Leave (Fairfield, OH)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Poandl:

Father Robert Poandl was a priest of the Glenmary Home Missioners, and served most of his career in Ohio and Georgia. In 2009, Poandl was accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy from Ohio. The boy claimed that the abuse occurred on a trip to West Virginia in 1991. After a police investigation, Robert Poandl was charged with sexual abuse in Janruary 2010. The charges were then dropped in August and Poandl was returned to ministry in Georgia in September of 2010. He maintained that he was not guilty. 

In November of 2012, Poandl was indicted on federal charges of transporting a minor across state lines for illicit purposes; related to the 2009 accusations that he sexually abused an Ohio boy in West Virginia. Poandl once again pleaded not guilty. He was placed on house arrest with a GPS monitoring device pending trial. Robert Poandl was then sentenced to 7.5 years in prison in February of 2014. 

In 2017, Robert Poandl lost his attempt to appeal his court conviction. He had appealed his conviction for the first time in 2015, and one judge on the panel believed that Poandl did deserve a new trial. He claimed that his attorneys made mistakes during his trial, and he questioned whether any Catholic priests accused of pedophilia could recieve a fair trial in the aftermath of sexual abuse scandals that rocked the Catholic Church more than a decade ago. The appeals court was not persuaded. 

Robert Poandl died in January of 2019.

Although the alleged abuse occurred in West Virginia, and the victim was from Ohio, his name has been included on at least 8 different diocese’s list of credibly accused priests and clergymen since 2018. Dioceses such as Harrisburg, Atlanta, Savannah, Wheeling-Charleston, Jackson’s, New Orleans,Tulsa, and Glenmary Missioners. 

In February 2020, the Diocese of Harrisburg filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Diocese of Harrisburg will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. 

Although no allegations against Poandl occured in Pennsylvania, his name was included in the bankruptcy proceeding; falling under the category of cases where abuse was alleged to have occurred in another diocese. Robert Poandl is listed as living, but has since died in 2019. 

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania. The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your legal options today.