Chad Robison, a former worship leader at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Florida, is now facing nearly 50 counts of felony sex crimes, including the ownership and distribution of child pornography.
The 36-year-old was arrested on July 13, after police officers uncovered more than 350,000 images and 3,000 videos of child pornography on his work computer.
As previously reported by Dearly, Robison was originally charged with promoting the sexual performance of a child, video voyeurism online, and lewd and lascivious exhibition. His bail was set at $46,000. He paid the bail and was released a day later.
On October 17, the Citrus County Chronicle reports, Robison was arrested again and charged with 41 additional crimes, including:
- 13 counts of child pornography possession
- Nine counts of transmitting harmful electronic material to a minor
- Seven counts of soliciting a child for unlawful sexual conduct with computer services
- Six counts of promoting the sexual performance of a child
- Four counts of electronic lewd and lascivious acts with minors
- Two counts of video voyeurism
The charges were added after investigators uncovered more child pornography on Robison’s computer.
In a press release published by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Department, Sergeant Steven Conley of the Major Crimes Division said that several victims have come forward since the initial crime was reported.
Conley expects the investigation will continue:
Our investigation into Chad Robison is ongoing; however, it is very extensive due to the nature of the crimes that he committed. In cooperation with the State Attorney’s Office, Mr. Robison was arrested today and charged with numerous additional crimes that he committed.
The lewd images were initially found by accident. Robison’s co-workers had attempted to prank the then-worship minister by changing his mouse and keyboard settings in May.
According to the Charlotte Observer, the following day a co-worker signed onto Robison’s computer and found a video of Robison trying to convince a 14-year-old girl to undress and masturbate. Robison was immediately fired and the incident was reported to the police.
For weeks, investigators combed through Robison’s computer and attained a search warrant for additional electronic devices.
Detective Chris Cornell, one of the lead investigators on the case, said during a press conference that many of the videos were recorded from an anonymous video chat website known as “Omegle.”
Cornell also added that Robison was a “textbook example” of an online predator:
“Everything we teach in our schools and do internet safety events. This is exactly the type of predator we warn kids about.”
Robison is currently in custody at Citrus County Jail. His new bond has been set to $159,000. If found guilty, he could face upwards of 30 years in prison.
Investigators are continuing to identify witnesses and victims in the videos. If you or your child has been in contact with Robison, you are encouraged to contact the Citrus County Major Crimes division at (352) 726-1121.