Brian “Rick” Kenyon Jr., 31, of Lakeland, was arrested Thursday afternoon on a charge of video voyeurism.

LAKELAND — A former pastor at a church in Deltona who now lives in South Lakeland has been accused of taking a picture up the skirt of a woman in his office following a Sunday service, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office reported.

Brian “Rick” Kenyon Jr., 31, of 5795 Tanasi Court, was arrested Thursday afternoon on a charge of video voyeurism, a second-degree felony, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

The accuser, a 41-year-old woman, told a deputy that she had watched Kenyon's children during the service April 8 while he preached at the Church of Christ of Deltona, 1301 Providence Blvd., according to a report.

The case was reported April 24 at the Sheriff’s Office’s District 4 office in Deltona.

According to the report, Kenyon asked the woman to secure his youngest child in a car seat in a very nervous tone. As she bent over to secure the child, she told deputies she felt uncomfortable with her back to Kenyon. When she knelt down to finish securing the child, she felt skin against her leg, and exclaimed "Whoa!"

The woman turned and saw Kenyon with his cellphone directly behind her, bent over at the waist and his head near her bottom, deputies reported.

The woman stood up, began to leave and Kenyon gave her a side hug and thanked her for watching the children.

After speaking with her husband, the couple decided to confront Kenyon.

Kenyon initially denied the charge. He told the woman and other members of the congregation that he attempted to take a picture of his child while they played peek-a-boo. He told them that he dropped his cell phone between the woman's legs and as he tried to pick it up he brushed her leg. The woman told Kenyon she did not believe him. Kenyon acknowledged it was bad judgment and went on to say that he had a "pornography problem," according to the report.

On April 19, Kenyon's wife texted the woman and requested a second meeting with some members of the congregation. At that meeting, when confronted with inconsistencies in his initial story, Kenyon admitted to taking an upskirt photo of the woman, according to the report.

"He advised a 'dark moment' came over him and he thought he could get away with it," according to the sheriff's office report. He said he deleted the photo. The woman later told the sheriff's office she wished to press charges.

The report states that the congregation later took a vote to remove Kenyon from the church.

Kenyon turned himself in at the jail Thursday, the sheriff's office reported. He was released after posting $2,500 bail. He could not be reached for comment.

John Chambliss can be reached at or 863-802-7588.