Strongsville priest pleads not guilty to 21 child porn charges

Strongsville priest in court for 21 child porn charges

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A Strongsville priest pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to 21 charges; including, one count of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, 19 counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor and one count of sexual performance using a minor.

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 was taken into custody on Dec. 5, 2019 at his Strongsville church, St. Joseph.

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

McWilliams was ordered held on a $50,000 bond. If he makes bond, he will need to be on GPS monitoring.

He has a pre-trial scheduled for Jan. 29 in front of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Brian Corrigan.

McWilliams also has a case pending before the Geauga County Grand Jury, where he is charged with one count of sexual performance using a minor.

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

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