Former Presbyterian worship leader arrested on sex charges

Chad Robison, 36, of Hernando
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Chad Robison, 36, of Hernando

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office announced today the arrest of a former worship director on several sex charges, including video voyeurism, and lewd and lascivious exhibition.
 
Arrested was Chad Robison, 36, of Hernando, who was worship director at Seven Rivers Presbyterian from 2011 to 2017.
 
At a media news conference in Lecanto today, Sherif Mike Prendergast said that Citrus County detectives started this case back in May when a coworker discovered "inappropriate videos" on Robison’s laptop that he had left at work. Meanwhile, church personnel immediately contacted the Sheriff's Office's Major Crimes Unit, and Robison’s employment was terminated from the church.
 
Using special equipment from the Internet Crimes Against Children Central Florida Task Force, a detective with the CCSO High Tech Crimes unit began to scour through Robison’s laptop, which was said to contain thousands of videos and pictures. Since May, detectives have been sorting through more than 3,000 videos and more than 350,000 pictures that were found on Robison’s laptop.
 
Hundreds of items, Sheriff Prendergast said, featured young girls performing virtual sex acts with Robison. Robison is also alleged to have taken video of young girls who visited his home while they were using his restroom without their knowledge.
 
Detectives have already discovered several out-of-state victims, including from Canada and New York, and have made contact with the appropriate jurisdictions. Videos that CCSO has obtained go back several years, the sheriff said, all the way through to just a couple of months ago.
 
“We believe there could be multiple victims," Major Crimes Capt. Brian Spiddle told reporters. "Some may be local here in Citrus County, and others across the states and abroad. It’s going to be a very difficult and long process to find those who have been victimized by this man.”
 
Prendergast said,“I commend the detectives that have been working on this case. We’ve just scratched the surface, and already we know there are several victims out there. I’m so proud of this unit and what they’ve done to bring charges against this very sick man.”
 
Robison is charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition, specifically intentionally masturbating 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 his own use.
 
Total bond for all counts was set at $26,000.
 
"We are asking parents, church parishioners and anyone who may have had contact with Robison and think they may have been victimized, to please contact our Communications Center at 726-1121 and ask to speak with Major Crimes regarding this specific case," Prendergast said.
 
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