Father Bob Poandl, 70, returned to Cincinnati Monday after an anonymous person came forward and charged Poandl with abuse nearly 30 years ago. Poandl had been serving in the Diocese of Savannah on and off since 2007, leaving in June 2009 after other abuse charges were levied against him in West Virginia. A judge dismissed those charges against the priest, and he returned to St. Christopher Church in Claxton with his record expunged in September 2010.
Poandl is not allowed to publicly function as a Catholic priest during the investigation process. Civil authorities have been notified of the anonymous allegation, as have bishops in the dioceses affected by the investigation, including the Diocese of Savannah where Father Poandl was serving.