The Spook Who Sat By the Door The Spook Who Sat By the Door

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Robert Lyzenga, Pastor, Charged With Installing Cameras In Church's Women's Bathroom

An Indiana pastor could be facing felony voyeurism charges after a congregation member found cameras installed in the women's bathroom at his Lafayette church. Robert Lyzenga, 55, was arrested late last week on suspicion of voyeurism after a church member reported finding two cameras hidden in fake air fresheners in the bathroom stalls, CBS Chicago reports. Police found footage of two adult women and a juvenile girl using the restroom on the cameras' memory cards. “I’m devastated, distraught, amazed, confused and disappointed in the deepest sense of the word,” Mark DeYoung, a member of the church council that voted to suspend Lyzenga Friday, told the Lafayette Journal and Courier. “Pastor Bob was a longtime, trusted, highly regarded man within the congregation. At this point, that is not the case.” Lyzenga posted a $5,000 surety bond four hours after being arrested, and hasn't yet been charged with felony voyeurism, according to WLFI News. The website for Lyzenga's former church, Sunrise Christian Reformed Church in Tippecanoe County, says he's been the pastor since 2002. It also says he has three children with his wife of more than 30 years. According to the probable cause affidavit submitted by police and published in full on The Smoking Gun, Lyzenga was identified as the man behind the cameras after police noticed details about the pastor's office that appeared in footage from the cameras.

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