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Jury Selection Begins for Priest Charged with Sex Crime

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio priest suspected of taking a 10-year-old boy to West Virginia for sex more than two decades ago is facing federal trial in Cincinnati.
   
Robert Poandl of the Cincinnati-based Glenmary Home Missioners has pleaded not guilty.
   
Jury selection for his trial began Monday, after U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett rejected a defense motion to dismiss the case on statute of limitations grounds. The charges were filed 21 years after the abuse allegedly occurred while the two visited a church in Spencer, W.Va., in 1991.
   
The judge found that the prosecution has clearly alleged an offense involving sexual abuse of a child under age 18, under federal law permitting prosecution of sexual abuse at any time during the life of the child victim.

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