CLEVELAND — Strongsville priest Robert McWilliams was indicted on charges of distributing child pornography, sex trafficking of a minor and sexual exploitation of children on Friday, according to officials. Prosecutors said McWilliams paid a 15-year-old $100 to perform sexual acts.
According to an affidavit filed by prosecutors, McWilliams posed as a woman online and then contacted boys. He would then convince the boys to send sexually explicit images and videos of themselves, the affidavit said.
McWilliams also threatened the boys, telling them he would send their sexually explicit images to their parents if they did not continue to send him photographs and videos, prosecutors said. The affidavit accuses McWilliams of following through on his threat, sending nude images of the boys to their mothers.
Prosecutors also said McWilliams was in possession of and distributed child pornography. Approximately 1,700 images and videos of child pornography were found in his possession, prosecutors said.
The priest has already pleaded not guilty to accusations filed by two Northeast Ohio counties that he possessed and distributed child pornography, according to cleveland.com.
Additionally, McWilliams is accused by authorities of using the app Grindr to contact boys and convince them to perform sexual acts on him in exchange for cash. Prosecutors said he paid a 15-year-old boy approximately $100 per sexual act.
Homeland Security Investigations is now looking into the priest. Anyone with information on McWilliams should contact the agency at 216-749-9602.