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Suit filed against dentist for emotional trauma

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A lawsuit has now been filed against Dr. Charles Robinson. The 57-year-old  is still booked in the Smith County Jail, charged with possession of child pornography and illegal recording after allegedly videotaping a mom and her teenage daughter in their home. Thursday, the attorney representing the victimized family, Bruce Craig, said his clients are experiencing "extreme emotional trauma" after finding the hidden recording devices.

"If there was an ability to turn the clock back and go back the three years that this has been going on and erase this from their life experience, then that would be their first choice. But what has been done has been done. Now, the only avenue they have is the avenue with regards to damages, and it's clear they have been damaged substantially by the actions of this man," Craig said.

Authorities said Dr. Robinson admitted to recording the women for sexual gratification. Craig filed a lawsuit Thursday against Dr. Robinson for invasion of privacy, trespassing, and infliction of emotional distress.

"Here we have an individual who obtained access to the premise by fraudulent means, by lies. Instead of doing what he said he was going to do, he was in the attic placing cameras secretly to monitor these people in their bedrooms and bathrooms. That is outrageous and extreme behavior. That is intentional." Craig said.

Craig said his client knew the dentist well. She was in the process of purchasing the home from him and was his dental assistant for 15 years.

"She is not doing well and, as can be expected, neither is her daughter. This is a devastating, devastating thing to discover. To learn this has been going on for such a long time, and put that on top of the other problems she had in her life, the recent loss of her husband and the father or her child, they are very distraught," Craig said. 

According to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners' Occupation Code, if Dr. Robinson is convicted of a felony and goes to prison, his dental license will be revoked.

Dr. Robinson's wife declined to comment on the case but did say Attorney Buck Files will represent her husband. Files also declined to comment on the case.

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