From his photo, Fr. Robert McWilliams, 40, would appear jovial and harmless. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The Ohio priest has been indicted for child pornography, child exploitation, and juvenile sex trafficking . McWilliams had been on administrative leave following a 2019 arrest for possession of child pornography.
McWilliams posed as a woman on social media to entice young boys into providing explicit photos/videos of themselves. He then threatened to share the embarrassing material with their family and friends, if victims did not provide him additional material.
Some of McWilliams’ victims were known to him from his work as a parish priest.
Cleveland’s Bishop Nelson Perez has expressed the willingness of the Diocese to cooperate with law enforcement.
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves” (Matt. 7; 15).
 CNN, “Ohio priest indicted on charges of child pornography and juvenile sex trafficking, US attorney says” by Rob Frehse, 7/3/20, https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/03/us/ohio-priest-child-pornography-sex-trafficking-indictment/index.html.
ProPublica has released a consolidated list of 6754 priests accused of sexual abuse. For details, see https://jezebel.com/propublica-releases-a-list-of-6-754-priests-accused-of-1841307746.
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