Man charged with child exploitation to plead guilty two years later

Robert Lyzenga (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office)
Robert Lyzenga (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office)

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – A former Lafayette pastor who’s accused of child exploitation and voyeurism will plead guilty to 10 charges.

It has been nearly two years since former pastor Robert Lyzenga was arrested. He’s accused of planting cameras inside air fresheners in the women’s bathroom stalls at Sunrise Christian Reformed Church.

Lyzenga appeared in court Friday. His attorney tells the court his client will be entering a guilty plea next week.

Lyzenga is charged with five counts of child exploitation and five counts of voyeurism. His attorney said he will be pleading guilty to all 10 charges.

Last June, Lyzenga filed a motion to dismiss the charges. His attorney argued the victims’ lacked knowledge of a hidden camera photographing them and the charges do not fit the child exploitation statute.

Superior Court Judge Randy Williams disagreed and denied Lyzenga a motion to dismiss.

Lyzenga’s attorney, Kent Moore, did not want to make any further comment other than he will plead guilty.

The plea hearing is set for May 15, 2014.

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