On Tuesday, Father Robert McWilliams was sentenced to life in prison on convictions of sex trafficking of youths under 18, child pornography, and sexual exploitation of children. The verdict was handed down in the U. District Court in Akron, Ohio.
In July of this year, he pled guilty to eight federal charges. Joseph Catholic Church in A sentencing brief includes the experiences of at least five victims, all of whom were minors. McWilliams reportedly used Dropbox to store more thanimages of child pornography.
Additionally, McWilliams used Craigslist and the application Grindr to locate young males and arrange sexual encounters. The Diocese of Cleveland is actively pursuing the dismissal of McWilliams from the clerical state, according to a Nov. Bishop Edward C. At Catholic News Agency, our team is committed to reporting the truth with courage, integrity, and fidelity to our faith.
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A report detailing sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Nebraska has found credible allegations against 57 Church officials, involving documented victims, since the s. The Vatican has imposed penalties on another Catholic bishop in Poland for mishandling abuse cases.
Cleveland priest sentenced to life in prison for child pornography, exploitation. Lisa F. By Autumn Jones.
Autumn Jones is a staff writer with Catholic News Agency. She is a graduate of Gonzaga University and the University of Colorado. She is based in Denver. Trending 1 Report on abuse in Church in US: Recent cases rare, but historical s show painful legacy.
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