Strongsville priest pleads not guilty to felony involving minor in child porn investigation

Strongsville priest arrested on child porn charges back in court

CHARDON, Ohio (WOIO) - The Strongsville priest arrested during a child porn investigation was arraigned Wednesday in Chardon Municipal Court on the charge of sexual performance using a minor, a felony.

Father Robert Williams was arrested in a child porn investigation.
Father Robert Williams was arrested in a child porn investigation. (Source: WOIO)

Father Robert McWilliams pleaded not guilty and bond was set at $150,000.

If he makes bond, Judge Terri Stupica ordered McWilliams to wear a GPS monitor and have no contact with minors, even his 11-year-old niece.

Geauga County prosecutors said in May of 2018, McWilliams allegedly solicited materials from an underage person.

He will be back in Chardon Municipal Court on Jan. 15.

McWilliams, who is assigned to St. Joseph Church in Strongsville, was taken into custody on Dec. 5, 2019.

Agents with the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force went to the Strongsville church and searched his living and office spaces and confiscated laptops, cell phone and iPad.

That criminal case is pending before the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury.

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