Priest pleads not guilty in alleged W.Va. sex case

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest has pleaded not guilty to a federal charge accusing him of taking a 10-year-old boy to West Virginia for sex more than two decades ago.

The Rev. Robert Poandl, of the Cincinnati-based Glenmary Home Missioners, was released on his own recognizance following his not guilty plea Monday in federal court in Cincinnati.

An indictment last week accused Poandl of taking the boy on Aug. 3, 1991.

The religious order says the indictment is related to a June 2009 accusation of sexual misconduct with a minor in Spencer, W.Va.

A West Virginia judge in 2010 dismissed charges that accused Poandl of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy while they visited a church there in 1991.

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