State adds more sex charges for former worship director

Chad RobionsonCitrus County Sheriff’s detectives on Tuesday tacked on 41 additional sex charges to former worship director Chad Robison’s arrest this past summer.

Robison, a 36-year-old former employee at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto, was arrested in July on several sex charges, including video voyeurism and lewd and lascivious exhibition.

Robison and his attorneys were in Judge Ric Howard’s courtroom this morning for a scheduled hearing on his previous charges. However, they were met by CCSO detectives and the State Attorney’s Office who handed Judge Howard more charges against Robison.

“Our investigation into Chad Robison is ongoing; however, it is very extensive due to the nature of the crimes that he committed," Sgt. Steven Conley of the Sheriff's Office's Major Crimes Division said. "In cooperation with the State Attorney’s Office, Mr. Robison was arrested today, and charged with numerous additional crimes that he committed.”

Sgt. Conley said the investigation could not have happened without the dedication and expertise of Detective Chris Cornell, who has spent hours upon hours looking through videos and pictures that contain child pornography. "Our agency is committed to protecting our most vulnerable population and this type of activity will not be tolerated in Citrus County,” Conley added.

After reviewing Detective Cornell’s digital forensic reports from several of Robison’s personal electronic devices, the State Attorney’s office decided to stack additional charges on Robison, including lewd and lascivious exhibition, video voyeurism, possession of child pornography and online solicitation of minors for sexual activity.

Robison was immediately taken into custody at the courthouse and booked into the Citrus County Jail with an additional bond of $159,000.

Since Robinson was initially arrested back in July, several victims have been identified. Detectives are asking anyone who may have information about this case to please contact our Communications Center at 726-1121 and ask to speak with Major Crimes regarding this specific case.