“I should meet many people who do not know anyone personally who has been raped or molested as a child. But I can't remember seeing a newspaper without a rape or molestation charge in it somewhere, and when I ask groups how many people know someone personally with a history of molestation, almost always, every hand in the room goes up.” ― Anna C. Salter, Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, And Other Sex Offenders link
Update: 7/19/17 TWW received the following information from an anonymous reader named *A.* We thought it was worth posting. However, since we cannot confirm the source, we cannot say if we think it is legitimate. We hope it is.
I have first hand knowledge that SRPC turned Robison’s personal laptop over to the police immediately. It was found by night maintenance staff late on Thursday, May 11th. The maintainence worker notified a church employee who was working late and subsequently the necessary members of the pastoral staff were notified that night. The laptop was hand delivered to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Department the next morning (Friday the 12th).
Who is the alleged sex offender?
According to ABC Action News in their report Former church worship director arrested on several sex charges, his name is Chad Robison, 36, and he was the worship leader at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church, a PCA church in Lecanto, Florida in Citrus County. He had been at the church since 2011.
Seven Rivers is a member of the PCA. This is a strictly Calvinist denomination which broke away from what they would deem the more liberal PCUSA. Many churches in the PCA are also affiliated with The Gospel Coalition and 9 Marks.
How was he discovered?
According to ABC Action News:
Deputies say that some of his coworkers were going to play a prank on him, but found pornographic material on his laptop. Robison was fired from the church and employees called authorities.
Was he fired immediately?
I am hoping that someone who belongs to this church can clear this question up for me. Was he discovered and reported immediately or did the church do their own investigation and then report it a few days later? I certainly hope it was the former. ABC Action News released the statement from the church.
On Thursday, May 11, we received allegations about material found on the personal computer of our music director, Chad Robison. Prior to May 11 we had no knowledge or suspicion of improper conduct by Mr. Robison. We investigated these allegations and dismissed Mr. Robison from employment at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church on Monday, May 15 and banned him from our campus. Simultaneously, we informed the Citrus County Sheriff's Office of what we had discovered. It should be noted that Mr. Robison was an employee of our church and not of our school. Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church remains committed to full cooperation with the Citrus County Sheriff's Office in this matter.
Sadly, lots of abused children need to be located and many are over state lines.
According to the Gainsville Sun in Citrus sheriff seeks to ID young victims of Seven Rivers church leader, the task before law enforcement is enormous and difficult. My heart breaks at the number of kids who may be involved.
Sheriff’s officials said he victimized girls online using the chat website Omegle.
They have found hundreds of videos featuring “young girls performing virtual sex acts with Robison,” a CCSO press release states.
Sheriff Mike Prendergast described him as “a textbook case of an online sexual predator.”
Since then investigators have been going through 3,000 videos and 350,000 photos on the computer. Detectives already have found several out-of-state victims.
The Sheriff’s Office said he also recorded girls his bathroom using a hidden camera.
“It’s going to be a very difficult and long process to find those who have been victimized by this man,” said CCSO Capt. Brian Spiddle in a prepared statement.
If anyone who is reading this post knows anything please contact the Citrus County Sheriff.
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Some thoughts about churches and official statements in regards to this sort of situation.
No one blames a church when a sex offender shows up. In fact, sex offenders target churches. We will be writing more on this soon. Churches lose credibility when they refuse to report any suspcious activity to the police and instead, investigate it and decide if they should report it. Pastors, you are not competent to investigate and make decision in these matters and the existence of this blog is proof of that. Call the authorities, even if it is only a question.
Were there any reports that the church felt were not warranted?
A question always arises if there had been any sort of report that had been blown off by the staff as "Just guys horsing around." I saw that in a former church. The *boyz being boyz* blow off led to young teen males being abused, horrifically, for another year. That molester is now in prison.
Did the church contact the authorities immediately (as soon as they found out)?
It is advisable to immediately contact the authorites.That means as soon as a report is received. Church staff are not trained to conduct such a investigation and those who think they are are defined by the word hubris, not *Spirit-filled.*
So, did the church first investigate the claims and then call the police 4 days later or did someone make a mistake in the statement by Seven Rivers? That is what the statement seems to say but that maybe incorrect.
Just because he wasn't officially employed at the school does not mean that none of the school kids were harmed.
It doesn't matter that he wasn't an employee at the associated school. My guess is that he had access at the school and that a number of kids attend the church. This is a mistake made by many churches. They attempt to limit the damage and end up sounding ridiculous. In my former church, they proudly announced the pedophile seminary student was merely a volunteer, not an employee of the church. What in the world is the difference?? The kids were molested while the *volunteer* was greatly beloved of the staff. The authorities must investigate if anything happened at the school and I hope the church is encouraging this to occur.
What will the PCA denominational leadership do to assist the police, and most likely the FBI, in their investigation?
I would assume that the church would cooperate with the authorities. That is expected. What I want to know if if the church had contacted the administrative body of the PCA so that they can assist in the investigation. It is clear that this case goes beyond state lines. Has the denomination sent out warnings to other churches? Do they keep a file of former offenders at the denomination headquarters?
What will The Gospel Coalition do to get this information out to all of their churches.
Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church is a member of TGC.
The Gospel Coalition has used quite a bit of bandwidth on the internet claiming that they are against child sex abuse. Sadly, it is my opinion that they stay profoundly silent on the issue if it is one of their people. I would love to see a post on TGC about this incident and any other incident in one of their churches butt will not happen.
TGC has enormous resources and contacts. They should jump in and offer to help the local and national authorities in tracking down the church habits of this *alleged* molester.
I am deeply disturbed by the inaction of the part of the dudebro brigade when it comes to child sex abuse. It is time for them to grow up and become men, not dudes. Men seek out the abused. Men do something for the abused. Yet all I ever see seem to hear is "We are against child sex abuse" and then leaders like Al Mohler go on to make jokes about their BFFs caught up in controversy over this issue.
They claim they are real men, just like God wants them to be. Somehow, I think they have missed something along the way. Let me give them a story about a real man and i bet he doesn't go to their conference. This story will make you cry.