Former church worship director arrested on several sex charges

Posted at 1:03 PM, Jul 13, 2017

A church employee was arrested Thursday morning on multiple charges involving inappropriate video chats with underage girls.

Chad Robison, 36, was the worship leader at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto.

Deputies say that some of his coworkers were going to play a prank on him, but found pornographic material on his laptop. Robison was fired from the church and employees called authorities.

During an investigation, officials sorted through more than 3,000 videos and 350,000 pictures and found recorded videos from a video chat website of Robison engaged in inappropriate acts with young girls, including one who said she was 14 years old.

Detectives found several chat sessions from the website "Omegle" and Skype, which Robison recorded with screen capture software. The videos go back several years and include out of state victims.

Some of the chats involved the same 14-year-old girl, who said Robison had also expressed interest in meeting her in person.

In a search warrant, deputies also found three videos where he hid a camera in a bathroom to record girls at his prior residence, but the ages and identities of those girls has not been determined.

Robison was charged with one count of promoting the sexual performance of a child, three counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition live over a computer online service, and three counts of video voyeurism.

Parents, church parishioners and anyone who may have had contact with Robison and think they may have been victimized are asked to contact the Citrus County Sheriff's Office Communications Center and ask to speak with Major Crimes about this case.

Staff at the Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church released the following statement: 

On Thursday, May 11, we received allegations about material found on the personal computer of our music director, Chad Robison.  Prior to May 11 we had no knowledge or suspicion of improper conduct by Mr. Robison. We investigated these allegations and dismissed Mr. Robison from employment at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church on Monday, May 15 and banned him from our campus.  Simultaneously, we informed the Citrus County Sheriff's Office of what we had discovered.  It should be noted that Mr. Robison was an employee of our church and not of our school.  Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church remains committed to full cooperation with the Citrus County Sheriff's Office in this matter.