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Former Cleveland priest McWilliams dead in suspected suicide

Robert McWilliams, the former Cleveland priest serving life in prison for multiple child sexual exploitation crimes, died in federal custody Friday morning. 

McWilliams died shortly after 3:00 A.M. Feb. 4. His death is being investigated as a suicide, according to a statement from the Union County coroner’s office.

McWilliams was serving a life sentence in Allenwood Federal Prison in Pennsylvania. He was sentenced in November 2021, after he pled guilty to federal charges of child trafficking, child abuse, and child exploitation. His death was first reported by local news outlet WKYC

He was laicized by the Vatican in December 2021.

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