Ohio priest says abuse charges filed too late

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio priest accused of taking a 10-year-old boy to West Virginia for sex more than two decades ago says the government waited too long to file charges and he wants the case dismissed.

Robert Poandl (POHN’-duhl), of the Cincinnati-based Glenmary Home Missioners, has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing the boy while the two visited a church in Spencer, W.Va., in 1991.

Poandl is out of jail on the condition that he has no contact with children. A jury trial is scheduled for Aug. 26.

Poandl’s attorney said in a Monday court filing that a five-year statute of limitations applies to the charges, which were filed 21 years after the alleged abuse.

The government has yet to file its response to Poandl’s request.

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