CINCINNATI — A Cincinnati-based Roman Catholic order says it has launched an investigation into sexual misconduct alleged against one of its priests.
Glenmary Home Missioners says it relieved the Rev. Bob Poandl of ministerial duties in three Georgia communities —Pembroke, Claxton and Sandhill — and asked him to return to the Glenmary residence in Cincinnati.
Glenmary says the 70-year-old Poandl denies the allegation, which was made anonymously about an event alleged to have happened nearly 30 years ago.
Glenmary said last week it has notified authorities in Georgia and bishops in dioceses involved in the investigation, including the Diocese of Savannah.
This is the second time Poandl has been relieved of his duties in Georgia.
Poandl was pastor in the three Georgia communties from 2007 until 2009, when was removed due to claims he had sexually molested a 10-year old boy n 1991 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Spencer, W.Va.
Those charges were thrown out by a judge and Poandl returned to his duties in Georgia in September, 2010.
A group called Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) is against the priest’s reinstatement.