Priest gets life in prison for child pornography, exploitation instance
The Rev. Priest Robert McWilliams was punished Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Akron before an overflow gallery loaded with the family members of three sufferers. McWilliams, 41, previously begged guilty to 8 counts involving exploitation of youngsters as well as porn.
United States District Judge Sara Lioi claimed the public needed to be safeguarded from Priest McWilliams, claiming he preyed upon youths who sought his aid. Priest McWilliams became a clergyman in May 2017 as well as was a parochial vicar at the church’s school. He was arrested in December 2019 at his church in Strongsville, Ohio.
District attorneys declared in court records that he had 10s of countless adult pictures, some portraying very young children. Authorities also alleged that he forced teen boys to offer him sexually explicit pictures and paid 2 kids below the age of 18 for sex acts.
During sentencing, Priest McWilliams reviewed a letter he said he had written to a victim stating for virtually two years he had been “sorrowful as well as embarrassed for my activities and also my wrongs.”
“All I need to provide you currently are my petitions and also my apology,” he claimed. “I hope your belief in god and in the church will certainly be healed. It does not minimize (the damages), yet I rely on God will recover you. To all those who have lost their belief in any way please note this was not the priesthood or the church, this was my fault, my sins.”
Priest McWilliams asked for a sentence under 20 years so he might be near to his mom. Defense lawyer Robert Dixon looked for a 15-year term with considerable parole guidance, calling his customer “an excellent prospect for rehabilitation via therapy.”
The Diocese of Cleveland released a statement looking for prayers for all influenced by the offender’s “remiss activities” and also claimed it “remains to actively seek (his) elimination … from the clerical state.” The diocese likewise required assistance for its “good clergymen… that faithfully endure their promises every day in service to God’s individuals.”