Ohio Priest Allegedly Used Confession to Extort Sexual Favors from Boys

More details, as found in new federal filings with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, were released in the case against a former priest who pleaded guilty to numerous sex crimes involving children.

The investigation into allegations against Robert McWilliams started in October 2019 after two Geauga County families came forward to report beliefs of online extortion of their sons by the former priest.

McWilliams assembled a “disturbing” child pornography collection of over 1,000 videos and images, extorted teen victims for more graphic images, and compensated at least two other boys for sexual acts, prosecutors claimed in the pre-sentencing report.

According to the court records, McWilliams used confession as a way to extort inappropriate material from the minor victims.

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