The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) arrested a 36-year-old former worship director Thursday.
He was charged with multiple sex-related crimes against minors after CCSO deputies executed a warrant at his Hernando residence.
According to his arrest affidavit, CCSO deputies were called to the church in mid-May when the man’s coworkers attempted to play a prank on him by adjusting his laptop settings, and while doing so allegedly discovered inappropriate pornographic material.
After the alleged discovery of videos containing live-recorded sexual encounters with minors, the man was let go from his position at the church and his digital devices were taken into evidence for forensic investigation.
CCSO detectives claim they have spent hundred of hours filtering through 3,000 videos and 350,000 photos contained within the laptop.
Police also claim the man’s files revealed videos of him placing a camouflaged video-recording device in his home to secretly film girls using the bathroom and changing their clothes.
According to CCSO, none of the crimes occurred on church property.
The man is charged with one count of promoting the sexual performance of a child, three counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition live over a computer online service, and three counts of video voyeurism. His bond is set at $26,000.
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