Jack Schaap is not the only Indiana pastor in legal trouble. Another minister, this one from Lafayette, has been charged with ten felony counts of child exploitation and voyeurism for allegedly installing hidden cameras in the women’s bathroom at his church.
Fifty-six-year-old Robert A. Lyzenga, a former pastor at Sunrise Christian Reformed Church in Lafayette, was charged Thursday with five counts of child exploitation and five counts of voyeurism. That’s 10 felony charges.
According to court documents, on April 22, 2012, a Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the church (located on County Road 500 South) on a complaint of a camera being found in a women’s bathroom…
A detective downloaded and reviewed the data on the memory cards from the cameras found in the bathroom. Investigators determined the cameras had been continuously recording from the “air fresheners” with a view of the toilet seats within the stalls.
Investigators discovered upon re-visiting the church that images of an office from the beginning of one of the videos could be identified as Lyzenga’s office.
“The beginning of the video showed the desk in Lyzenga’s office and it appeared the camera was taken from that office before being placed in the women’s restroom stall,” court documents state…
Search warrants were executed May 10, 2012, for Lyzenga’s church office and his home. During those searches, investigators found a laptop computer in his home that revealed several videos of a woman taken in the church’s restroom.
In another area of Lyzenga’s home, investigators also found another laptop, three external hard drives and seven flash drives. At least one external hard drive was found to have numerous videos and still photos of juvenile and adult females taken in the church’s restroom.
During an interview Lyzenga admitted to investigators that he had a problem with pornography several years ago, and that he looked for videos on voyeuristic websites of unclothed women.
In the interview, court documents show he did not initially admit to anything in regard to the hidden cameras in the church, but suggested others had access to his office.
At one point in the questioning Lyzenga admitted he lied, and then admitted to putting the cameras in the restroom. He said he made the plastic boxes to hold the cameras, and installed them in the stalls, getting the cameras later on to view the videos on his laptop.
Lyzenga told investigators part of the excitement was getting away with doing all of this. He claimed he would just watch the videos on his laptop and then delete them, and none of the videos would be found anywhere else.
At least he didn’t write letters to women in the church telling them that Jesus wanted this all to happen.