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Strongsville priest posed as female minor to receive nudes from teenage boy, court records allege

Posted at 5:02 PM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 21:48:15-05

CLEVELAND — New details have been released in the case of Reverend Robert McWilliams, the Catholic priest from Strongsville who was charged with possession of child pornography.

According to Chardon Municipal Court, on May 17, 2018, McWilliams posed as a female minor in order to receive nude images of a teenage boy.

McWilliams received a nude image of the boy’s genitals through electronic communication, according to the court.

The priest was arrested on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

According to the criminal complaint against McWilliams, he was in possession of child pornography three separate times—the first instance in 2016, again in 2018 and then one more in 2019.

McWilliams was ordained in 2017.

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