Prosecutor urges judge not to reduce bond of priest arrested on child-porn charges
WJW / Cuyahoga County
Father Robert McWilliams was arrested Dec. 5, at St. Joseph Parish in Strongsville.

By Peggy Gallek, WJW

CLEVELAND (WJW) -- A prosecutor is urging a judge not to reduce the bond of a local priest who was arrested earlier this month on child pornography charges.

Father Robert McWilliams was arrested Dec. 5, at St. Joseph Parish in Strongsville. He is facing several charges, including three counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance.

McWilliams, who remains held in the Cuyahoga County jail, has entered not guilty pleas and his attorney has asked for his $50,000 bond to be reduced.

A hearing was set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, but Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Carl Sullivan is objecting to any reduction in bond.

“This incident involves a priest, with access to children on a daily basis who is sending and receiving child pornography,” Sullivan wrote in a motion filed with the court. “Also, based upon these charges, the defendant will no longer be able to reside in Strongsville and most likely will leave the country if released.”

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