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Priest Convicted of Child Sex Abuse Charges
CINCINNATI (Adam Clements) -- "I can honestly say I have been to hell and back in these last four and a half years."
Theyre the words of a mother, relieved after hearing one word Guilty.
A jury found Father Robert Poandl guilty of federal sex abuse charges. His victim says the priest took him to visit a church in West Virginia in 1991, and molested him.
At the time, the victim was just ten years old.
"He has dealt with this for 22 years, until he could finally see justice. says the victims mother.
The victim's parents are happy with the legal system, but still disappointed in the church.
"In the case of our son, says the victims father, none of them contacted him. One priest contacted us privately, and that was it. That's all the help we got from the church."
The victims mother applauds her sons strength and courage, saying, "I think my son is alive today, because he came forward. If there is anyone out there who has been abused by a priest, or a victim of sexual abuse as a child, by god, tell someone and come forward."