A Statement from Glenmary

Posted: 8/27/2012

CINCINNATI (Aug. 27, 2012)—Father Chet Artysiewicz, president of Glenmary Home Missioners, learned on Aug. 22, 2012, that a report was filed with the Union County (Ga.) Sheriff's Department on July 14, 2012, accusing Glenmary Father Bob Poandl of sexual misconduct. The offense is said to have occurred in the early 1980s in Union County. Glenmary, Father Poandl and the district attorney in Blairsville, Ga., had no previous knowledge of the accusation or report.

Father Artysiewicz requested a copy of the police report from local authorities on Aug. 22 and received a copy on Aug. 25.

"Now that we have learned the name of the person who filed the report, we have begun implementing the protocols that Glenmary has in place to respond to such an allegation," Father Artysiewicz said. "An investigation has been launched by Glenmary based on the minimal information contained in the police report. And, I will reach out personally to this individual once contact information is obtained."

Upon learning of the July 14 report, Father Artysiewicz immediately notified Church authorities in the archdioceses of Cincinnati and Atlanta and the Diocese of Savannah, and informed the chairperson of the Glenmary Review Board.

On Feb. 11, 2012, Father Poandl was relieved of his ministerial duties as pastor of Glenmary's missions in Claxton, Pembroke and Sand Hill, Ga., following another allegation of sexual misconduct. Since that time, he has been living under a safety plan at Glenmary's Cincinnati residence and has not been functioning as a priest.

An independent professional investigator hired by Glenmary is leading investigations into both allegations.

"Glenmary is committed, first and foremost, to making every possible effort to prevent the occurrence of misconduct by any of its members," Father Artysiewicz said. "And we also remain committed to facilitating healing for those involved in any instances of sexual misconduct by providing an open, compassionate pastoral response."