UPDATE:: Former church leader facing child-porn charges set to stand trial next weekMembers of the local religious community were shaken Thursday when Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast announced the arrest of a once-prominent figure of Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church.
Ready or not, Chad Robison is going in front of a jury.
On Monday, after attorneys on both sides asked to postpone the former Lecanto church leader’s trial on charges of stockpiling child pornography so they could question a few more witnesses, Circuit Judge Richard “Ric” Howard kept the Hernando man’s case on next week’s trial docket.
“It’s on for trial and it’s set for trial,” Howard told Robison’s lawyer, Charles Vaughn, and Assistant State Attorney Erin Leathers at Robison’s court hearing.
Robison, 37, faces between 30 and 370 years in prison if a jury finds him guilty as charged on his 48 felony charges connected to him having a slew of illicit images and recordings of online encounters between himself and minors.
Robison’s colleagues at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church, where Robison served as a worship director between 2011 and 2017, discovered the unlawful materials on Robison’s laptop in May 2017 when they tried to play a prank on him.
The church’s former Worship Director Chad Everett Robison, 36, was charged with multiple sex-related crimes against minors after Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies executed a warrant at his Hernando residence.
“This is a case that has been building,” Prendergast said Thursday afternoon at a news conference. “The magnitude of children that he made contact with is very overwhelming. We may potentially have victims from all over the United States as well as in Canada.”
According to his arrest affidavit, CCSO deputies were called to Seven Rivers in mid-May when Robison’s coworkers attempted to play a prank on him by adjusting his laptop settings, and while doing so
discovered inappropriate pornographic material.
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