(02/18/2012)
A Cincinnati-based Roman Catholic order says it has launched an investigation into sexual misconduct alleged against Rev. Robert Poandl, who faced charges in an earlier incident that was alleged to have happened in Spencer in 1991.

Glenmary Home Missioners has relieved Rev. Poandl of ministerial duties in three Georgia communities and asked him to return to the Glenmary residence in Cincinnati.

Glenmary has notified authorities in Georgia and bishops in dioceses involved in the investigation, including the Diocese of Savannah.

The 70-year-old Poandl denies the allegation, which was made about an event alleged to have happened nearly 30 years ago.

The report indicates the current issue is not connected to the 2010 case filed in Roane County Circuit Court, which was dismissed by Judge David W. Nibert.

In that case, Poandl was accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy while the two visited the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church briefly in 1991.

The 2010 dismissal was linked to a failure to present medical information related to the case in a timely manner.

The 10-year-old was 28 at the time the case was brought.

Nibert ruled it was unfair to Poandl that the prosecution could not produce some medical records of the alleged victim in the case, basing his ruling on a 1994 West Virginia case that said a delay was prejudicial to the defendant.

Roane County Prosecutor Josh Downey disagreed with the judge's ruling, saying, "The state actually asked to go ahead with trial."

The judge dismissed the charges with prejudice, meaning they cannot be brought again in Roane County. The prosecutor did have a 90-day window to ask the Supreme Court to overturn the judge's ruling.


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