OH – Youngstown Catholic predator “outed;” SNAP responds
Youngstown Catholic officials kept silent for more than three years about multiple credible child sex accusations against a Catholic school teacher. What else are they hiding?
“Open and transparent.” That’s what Catholic bishops are required to be in child sex cases, according to the official US church abuse policy. What’s ‘open’ about keeping quiet as child sex allegations trickle in – one after the other – against a Catholic school teacher? What’s ‘transparent’ about saying nothing even as settlements are quietly being paid out?
This is the same old, same old.
What did Youngstown officials do – besides say nothing – about this predator? They quietly let him move elsewhere.
The same old, same old.
How many more kids has Brother Baker sexually assaulted over the last three years while Catholic officials in Ohio and Pennsylvania (where he now lives) kept secrets about his crimes?
Even after settling 11 cases against Brother Baker, Catholic officials stayed silent.
Again, same old, same old.
We hope every single person who was abused in the Youngstown diocese – by Baker or other predators – will find the courage to step forward, get help, call police, expose crimes, protect kids and start healing.
Priest indicted on federal sex crime charge
Feds say Poandl took boy to W.Va., sexually assaulted him
CINCINNATI —A federal grand jury has indicted a Fairfield priest with transportation of a minor across state lines for illicit purposes.
Poandl was moved from his ministry assignment in Georgia when the allegation came to light and brought to Cincinnati. He has not publicly functioned as a Catholic priest since he was moved.
FBI agents descended on Glenmary Home Missionaries in Fairfield on Thursday. A spokeswoman for the missionary said they came with a warrant for Poandl’s arrest.
Poandl was traveling at the time, the spokeswoman said, and turned himself in to the Kenwood FBI office, where he’ll answer to the federal charge.
“I was yelling hooray for the victims and for kids,” said Judy Jones, associate director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. “Hopefully they can’t be harmed anymore by this predator.”
Jones said Poandl was indicted in this same case two years ago but the charges were dismissed.
Glenmary’s president issued this statement saying, “We have just learned of these charges today, and we are working to fully comply with the subpoena and cooperate with investigators.”
Jones said she has been in touch with several alleged victims. They didn’t want to be interviewed for fear of compromising the investigation, but they wanted to get a message across.
If convicted, Poandl faces up to 10 years in prison.