Local priest accused of crimes against children pleads not guilty

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CLEVELAND (WJW) - A priest charged with crimes against children pleaded not guilty to 21 additional charges Wednesday.

Father Robert McWilliams was indicted last week on the additional counts in Cuyahoga County. His $50,000 bond was continued.

McWilliams was arrested December 5 at St. Joseph Parish is Strongsville.

That was based on an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

According to the indictment, the additional crimes took place from October 2018 through December 2019.

The indictment states Father McWilliams, "did with knowledge of the character of the material or performance involved, create, record, photograph, film, develop, reproduce, or publish material that shows a minor participating or engaging in sexual activity, masturbation, or beastiality."

McWilliams also faces a charge in Geauga County of soliciting a local child for nude photos.

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