Ohio priest accused of abuse in W.Va released

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- An Ohio priest accused of taking a 10-year-old boy to West Virginia for sex more than two decades ago has successfully argued to be released, have his trial delayed and be allowed to travel to New York for medical treatment.

A federal judge in Cincinnati on Monday granted the Rev. Robert Poandl's (poh-AHN'-duhl) request to leave the state for treatment.

Late last week, the judge agreed to have his trial on a charge of coercion of a minor delayed until March 18. It had been scheduled for Jan. 14.

Poandl, of the Cincinnati-based Glenmary Home Missioners, has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy while the two visited a West Virginia church in 1991.

He's out of jail on the condition that he has no contact with children.