Priest found guilty of sex charges

Published: Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 5:25 PM
Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 5:25 PM

A Catholic priest accused of molesting a 10-year-old boy 22 years ago was found guilty of sex charges in federal court Friday.

Rev. Robert Poandl, of Fairfield-based Glenmary Home Missioners, was found guilty of one count of transporting a minor in interstate commerce with the intent of engaging him in sex, a charge that carries a possible sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

No bond was set on Poandl. He was ordered to have no contact with minors and will be fitted with a global tracking device.

Poandl, 72, took the boy to Spencer, W.Va., on Aug. 3, 1991, and raped him while visiting a church there, prosecutors said. Poandl’s attorney, Stephen Wenke, told jurors the allegations were false and denied the boy was even on the trip.

The accuser, who’s now in his 30s, waited until 2009 before telling law enforcement officials in West Virginia that he’d been abused. Poandl was indicted there on charges accusing him of sexually abusing the boy, but a judge dismissed those charges in 2010.

Assistant U.S. attorney Tim Oakley told jurors that the priest told the boy’s parents he needed someone to ride with him to keep him awake and navigate and then raped the boy after they arrived at the West Virginia church. But Wenke said the accuser’s story changed through the years and was full of inconsistencies.

The latest charge was filed last year in Cincinnati. The trial began Monday after U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett had earlier rejected a defense motion to dismiss the case over a statute of limitations. The judge ruled the prosecution clearly alleged an offense involving sexual abuse of a child, and federal law permits prosecution of child sexual abuse at any time during the life of the accuser.

The Glenmary religious order is a society of priests and brothers who dedicate themselves to establishing a Catholic presence in rural areas and small towns.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Trump, new DNC chair Tom Perez tangle on Twitter

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 3:02 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 3:02 AM

Moments after announcing he wouldn’t attend the 2017 White House Correspondent’s Dinner, President Donald Trump made his first public statement on the election of former Labor Secretary Tom Perez to be the new head of the Democratic National Committee.

>> Trump tweets he won't attend White House correspondents' dinner

Perez was elected Saturday afternoon. He soon named Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota, to be the committee’s deputy chair.

“Congratulations to Thomas Perez, who has just been named Chairman of the DNC. I could not be happier for him, or for the Republican Party!” Trump wrote.

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Perez quickly shot back.

"Call me Tom. And don't get too happy. @keithellison and I, and Democrats united across the country, will be your worst nightmare," Perez tweeted.

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– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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Jobless and nearly homeless, Rachel Dolezal still isn't sorry for posing as black

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 2:17 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 2:17 AM


            Jobless and nearly homeless, Rachel Dolezal still isn't sorry for posing as black

It’s been two years since it was revealed that former NAACP branch leader Rachel Dolezal is actually white. Not only is she on the brink of homelessness, having been unable to find a job, but she’s still maintaining that she did nothing wrong by posing as an African-American woman.

“I’m not going to stoop and apologize and grovel and feel bad about it,” she told the Guardian. “I would just be going back to when I was little and had to be what everybody else told me I should be — to make them happy.”

>> Rachel Dolezal announces memoir 'In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World'

Dolezal stepped down from her position in 2015 when her parents revealed that she was not actually African-American. While she eventually admitted to being “biologically born white to white parents,” she argued that she identifies as African-American, saying that race is “not coded in your DNA.”

She claims to have applied for more than one hundred jobs, but that no one will hire her, aside from those within the reality television and pornography industries. Even her memoir, “In Full Color,” which is due to be released in March, was turned down by over 30 publishers before one picked up the book. She currently relies on food stamps and help from friends in order to get by. She told the Guardian that she will probably be homeless next month.

“Right now, the only place I feel understood and completely accepted is with my kids and my sister,” she said. “The narrative was that I’d offended both communities in an unforgivable way, so anybody who gave me a dime would be contributing to wrong and oppression and bad things – to a liar and fraud and a con.”

Dolezal says her memoir is her way of telling her side of the story and opening up a dialogue about race and identity.

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“The times I tried to explain more, I wasn’t understood more. Nobody wanted to hear, ‘I’m pan-African, pro-black, bisexual, an artist, mother and educator,’” she told the Guardian. “People would just be like, ‘Huh? What? What are you talking about?'”

But would she ever consider simply telling people that she’s white?

“No. This is still home to me,” Dolezal said. “I didn’t feel like I’m ever going to be hurt so much that I somehow leave who I am, because I’m me. It really is who I am. It’s not a choice.”

Dayton native injured in Mardis Gras parade crash

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 12:44 AM

Dayton native injured in Mardis Gras parade crash

A Dayton-area native is recovering from injuries she sustained when a car crashed into a crowd of Mardi Gras spectators in New Orleans Saturday night. 

Kaitlin Greetham, a former Bellbrook Jr. High student, was among a group of nearly two dozen people who were injured while attending the Krewe of Endymion parade. 

Greetham's mother told this news outlet her daughter was injured when a truck drove into the crowd. Her mother says Greetham is conscious and alert as the family awaits x-ray and scan results. 

Greetham, who has worked as a nurse in New Orleans since the early 2000s, took to Facebook Saturday night to let friends now she is alright and recovering in the hospital. Greetham has family currently living in the Dayton area.

Members of a local high school band were also performing during an unrelated Mardis Gras parade in New Orleans Saturday night.

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George W. Bush's daughter, Barbara, to headline Planned Parenthood fundraiser

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 1:19 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 1:19 AM


            George W. Bush's daughter, Barbara, to headline Planned Parenthood fundraiser

Barbara Pierce Bush, the daughter of former President George W. Bush, will be the keynote speaker at a fundraising luncheon Wednesday for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas in Fort Worth.

Planned Parenthood has often been criticized by conservatives who seek to defund the organization, which provides women's health care services, including abortions.

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While her father has been an opponent of abortion, Barbara Pierce Bush has supported Planned Parenthood on a number of occasions. She also is the founder of Global Health Corps, which, according to its website, seeks to promote “global health equity by connecting outstanding young leaders worldwide with organizations working on the frontlines.”

The president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America is Cecile Richards, the daughter of Ann Richards, who was the democratic predecessor to George W. Bush as Texas governor. Barbara Pierce Bush and Richards sat down for a New York Times interview last summer in which they talked about the roles that they play, and Bush discussed the moment when she first publicly broke from her father’s stances–by publicly supporting gay marriage.

The 1976 Hyde Amendment prevents federal taxes from funding abortions. However, federal funds are used to cut the cost of women’s health care services such as cervical cancer screenings and STD prevention and medication.