Prosecutor says Ohio priest abuse charges valid

CINCINNATI (AP) — Prosecutors are urging a federal judge to reject an Ohio priest’s contention that he was charged too late with allegedly sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy he took to West Virginia more than two decades ago.

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.

His attorney has asked U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett to throw out the case, saying a five-year statute of limitations should apply.

Prosecutors are responding in a filing made Monday that federal law changes have been clearly meant to extend the time for child sexual abuse charges. It says Poandl’s argument his conduct isn’t covered is “unpersuasive, if not absurd.”

His trial is scheduled Aug. 26.

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