Citrus County deputies say a prank led to the arrest of a Florida church employee, Chad Robison, 36, of Hernando County, after several inappropriate videos and pictures of underage girls were allegedly found on his personal computer, according to ABC Action News.
The Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto say members of the church were going to play a prank on Robison, a music and worship director, when they made a shocking discovery on his computer, prompting church officials to alert Citrus County police.
Authorities say an investigation was launched after they were notified that a church employee stored hundreds of inappropriate images of underage girls. A search warrant was executed at Robison’s home, where the Internet Crimes Against Children Central Florida Task Force was able to rummage through 3,000 videos and 350,000 pictures on his computer.
Hundreds of inappropriate images and videos of underage girls from chat sessions were said to have been found on Robison’s computer. Sites such as Omegle and Skype were used to record the out of state and country girls that go back several years, police say.
Citrus County police were able to locate one of the victims, a 14-year-old girl, who seems to appear in several videos and images. The victim told police that Robison expressed interest in her online, and he was willing to meet her in person.
It was reported that the church employee’s laptop also contained inappropriate videos of underage girls inside of a bathroom at his previous home. Officers say that some of the victims were aware that Robison was recording them while others had no idea what was taking place.
In a statement released by Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church, it was stated that the church had no knowledge or suspicion that Robison was engaging in inappropriate acts with underage girls. The church went on to say that Robison has since been released from his position, and he is prohibited from returning to the church.
Robison was arrested on Thursday and charged with “three counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition, specifically intentionally masturbates live over a computer online services knowing that the transmission is viewed by victim less than 16 years of age, one count of knowingly promoting sexual performance by a child and three counts of video voyeurism for own use.”
He is being held at the county jail on a $26,000 bond.
The sheriff’s office is asking members of the Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church, who had contact with Robison and believe that they could be a victim, to contact the communications center at 726-1121 and ask to speak with Major Crimes.
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