CINCINNATI (AP) — A jury has begun deliberations in the trial of an Ohio priest charged with taking a 10-year-old boy to West Virginia for sex more than two decades ago.
The federal jury began deliberating Thursday afternoon in the case of Robert Poandl (POHN'-duhl). The Roman Catholic priest is charged with transporting a minor in interstate commerce with the intent of engaging him in sex.
The prosecutor told jurors in closing arguments that Poandl raped the boy in West Virginia after taking him on a visit to a church there in 1991.
He says the Roman Catholic priest betrayed the boy's trust and should be found guilty.
Poandl's attorney says the allegations are false and the priest never took the boy with him. He says the accuser's story is full of inconsistencies.