Former Pastor Jack Schaap of First Baptist Church Face 10 Years in Sex Scandal
According to a news release by the U.S. attorney's office, Jack Schaap signed the agreement the same day prosecutors presented a criminal complaint charging him with interstate transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. They have stated complaint had not yet been made public in the online docket late Tuesday.
In Schaap's plea agreement, he stated:
"I have agreed, as set forth in a separate filing with the Court, to wave my right to Indictment by a federal Grand Jury with respect to the charge of transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and to plead guilty to that charge," documents obtained by The Christian Post.The docket report also stated: Schaap revealed the relationship with the young girl for two months and that he had taken her from Indiana to Illinois and Michigan to have sex with her, the documents show.
The 54 year old pastor was dismissed from his leadership role at First Baptist Church in Hammond in late July after telling church officials about an explicit relationship with a young girl.
The church issued in late July stated Schaap committed "a sin that has caused him to forfeit his right to be our pastor."
The FBI then began looking into the relationship between Schaap and a girl, who was 17 when the allegations surfaced.
Federal agents investigated whet
her Schaap transported the female church member across state lines for illegal sexual activity and whether she was below the federal age of consent, which is 18 years old.
Schaap is scheduled for an initial appearance in court at 3 p.m. today. Magistrate Judge Paul Cherry will oversee the court proceedings.Source