A priest with the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio, has reportedly been arrested amid an investigation by the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, WJW-TV reports.
Father Robert McWilliams was taken into custody Thursday morning after detectives searched his living and office space at Sts. Joseph & John School and St. Joseph Parish.
The exact crimes McWilliams is accused of have not been disclosed.
The following statement was sent to the parish by the school principal:
“We wanted to make you aware as quickly as possible that law enforcement associated with the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (“ICAC”) arrived at the parish this morning with a warrant to search Fr. Bob McWilliams’ living and office spaces for items related to possible crimes committed in Geauga County.”
“Law enforcement conducted its search and seized various electronic devices, including laptop computers, a cell phone, and an iPad associated with or belonging to Fr. McWilliams. As a result of ICAC’s search, Fr. McWilliams was taken into custody. We know little else at this time and will share any additional information that we obtain with you as we are able.”
“I have informed the Diocese of what occurred and the Diocese has placed Fr. McWilliams on administrative leave pending the outcome of this matter.”