Ex-pastor pleads guilty in child voyeurism case

(WLFI Photo, file)
(WLFI Photo, file)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A former pastor pleaded guilty to child exploitation and voyeurism after admitting that he secretly videotaped women and girls using cameras he’d planted in a Lafayette church’s restroom.

About a dozen members of Sunrise Christian Reformed Church attended Thursday’s Tippecanoe County hearing at which 57-year-old Robert Lyzenga pleaded guilty to five counts each of child exploitation and voyeurism.

Prosecutors say Lyzenga videotaped 10 girls ranging in age from 5 to 16 using two cameras he’d placed in the church’s women’s restroom.

Although Lyzenga continued recording footage even after he realized he’d recorded juveniles, the Journal & Courier reports defense attorney Kent Moore says his client didn’t target the juveniles.

A judge set Lyzenga’s sentencing for July 18. He faces between two and 10 years in prison.

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