Pastor accused of child exploitation has plea hearing

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

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – A high-profile case will be in court later Thursday afternoon for the plea hearing of Robert Lyzenga.

As News 18 previously reported, a former Lafayette pastor who is accused of child exploitation and voyeurism will plea guilty to ten charges. Lyzenga is accused of planting cameras inside air fresheners in the women’s bathroom stalls at Sunrise Christian Reformed Church.

Lyzenga’s attorney told the court last week his client will plead guilty to five felony counts of child exploitation and five felony accounts of voyeurism.

His attorney filed a motion to dismiss the charges in June arguing the victims lacked knowledge of a hidden camera photographing them, and the charges do not fit the child exploitation statute. The judge disagreed and denied the motion.

The hearing begins at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Holly Campbell will have more details on the hearing tonight on News 18 at Five and Six.

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