A Statement From Glenmary's President

Posted: 2/12/2014

CINCINNATI (Feb. 12, 2014)—Father Robert Poandl, 72, was sentenced today in Cincinnati by a federal judge to a seven-and-a-half-year prison term. He was taken into custody immediately upon receiving his sentence. On Sept. 20, 2013, a jury found Father Poandl guilty of one count of transporting a minor across state lines with intent to engage in sexual activity.

In response to the sentencing, Glenmary's president, Father Chet Artysiewicz, released the following statement:

From the time I first learned of the charges against Father Poandl, my daily prayer—and that of the Glenmary community—has been for truth and a just resolution. Today's sentencing in another step in the legal process in which we placed our trust.

I remain committed to continuing and further strengthening Glenmary's efforts to protect children and vulnerable adults and will always take any allegation of a Glenmarian's improper behavior seriously. To anyone who has been hurt because a Glenmarian did not respect and/or maintain ethical or legal boundaries, I offer my most sincere, heartfelt apology.

It is only through God's unyielding power to heal that those involved with this case may find peace. I continue to pray for that healing to take place, especially for the victim and his family.