Lafayette pastor pleads guilty to all charges

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 is accused of child exploitation and voyeurism pleads guilty to ten charges.

As News 18 previously reported, Robert Lyzenga pleaded guilty to all charges, five felony counts of child exploitation and five felony counts of voyeurism for planting cameras inside air fresheners in the women’s bathroom stalls at Sunrise Christian Reformed Church.

On Thursday, Lyzenga said he wanted to see of he could get away with it. After no one detected the first camera hidden inside the stall to look like an air freshener, he said he put another one up.

Lyzenga said it was never his intention to tape children. However he said he reviewed the tape, saw kids and continued to record.

Because he couldn’t see the faces of the women he was recording, Lyzenga said he didn’t think he would feel as bad. However, Lyzenga said he eventually figured out who they were.

The sentencing date has been set for July 18. He could spend anywhere from two to 10 years begin bars. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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