Ohio priest faces trial in sex abuse case
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 16 September 2013 06:50

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio priest accused of taking a 10-year-old boy to West Virginia for sex more than two decades ago faces federal trial in Cincinnati.

Robert Poandl of the Cincinnati-based Glenmary Home Missioners has pleaded not guilty. His trial was scheduled to begin Monday, after U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett rejected a defense motion to dismiss the case on statute of limitations grounds. The charges were filed 21 years after the alleged abuse while the two visited a church in Spencer, West Va., in 1991.

The judge found that the prosecution has clearly alleged an offense involving sexual abuse of a child under age 18, under federal law permitting prosecution of sexual abuse at any time during the life of the child victim.

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