Cleveland priest to plead guilty to child sex crimes

Cleveland priest to plead guilty to child sex crimes

Robert McWilliams

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – Former Cleveland Catholic Diocese priest Robert McWilliams is scheduled to appear in court Friday to enter a guilty plea on child sex charges.

He initially entered a not guilty plea, then filed an intent to enter a guilty plea earlier this month.

The Strongsville priest was indicted on 8 counts following his arrest in December of 2019.

The charges include:

  • (Count 1) Sex trafficking of a minor
  • (Count 2) Sex trafficking of a minor
  • (Count 3) Sexual exploitation of children
  • (Count 4) Sexual exploitation of children
  • (Count 5) Sexual exploitation of children
  • (Count 6) Transportation of child pornography
  • (Count 7) Receipt and distribution of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct
  • (Count 8) Possession of child pornography

The indictment states that McWilliams, 40, solicited a minor to engage in a “commercial sex act.”

That’s dated March of 2018 through October of 2019.

The second charge refers to a minor under the age of 14.

The indictment says McWilliams also solicited the child to engage in a commercial sex act.

That case is listed from March of 2018 through January 2019.

At least 5 minor victims are outlined in the indictment.

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