Poandl was arrested at the Glenmary Mission in Fairfield, Ohio, where he lived. “Father Bob”, as he was known, entered a plea of not guilty. He was released under house arrest and required to wear a monitoring device equipped with GPS. He is expected to go on trial today. If convicted he could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.
According to a statement issued by Glenmary Missioners, the charges stemmed from an accusation of sexual misconduct with a minor in Spencer, West Virginia, in 1991. The statement said his record was expunged in August of 2010 when a West Virginia court dismissed the charges.
Poandl has moved around to several churches in several states over the years. He had been assigned to churches Pembroke, Claxton and Glenville as well as Blairsville, Dahlonega, Cleveland and Sand Hill in Georgia.
He was relieved of his duties as pastor of churches in Claxton, Pembroke and Sand Hill in February of 2012 following allegations of sexual misconduct.