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Ex-pastor pleads guilty in voyeurism case

LAFAYETTE – A former pastor pleaded guilty to child exploitation and voyeurism after admitting that he secretly videotaped women and girls using cameras he’d planted in a Lafayette church’s restroom.

About a dozen members of Sunrise Christian Reformed Church attended Thursday’s Tippecanoe County hearing at which 57-year-old Robert Lyzenga pleaded guilty to five counts each of child exploitation and voyeurism.

Prosecutors said Lyzenga videotaped 10 girls ranging in age from five to 16 using two cameras he’d placed in the church’s women’s restroom.

Although Lyzenga continued recording footage even after he realized he’d recorded juveniles, the Journal & Courier reported (http://on.jconline.com/1jPxj44 ) defense attorney Kent Moore said his client didn’t target the juveniles.

A judge set Lyzenga’s sentencing for July 18. He faces between two and 10 years in prison.

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