Hammond Indiana First Baptist Church former pastor Jack Schaap signed a plea agreement in federal court today, the same day prosecutors presented a criminal complaint stating he took a minor across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual activity.
A former northwest Indiana pastor was charged in federal court today with taking a minor across state lines in and has signed a plea agreement, prosecutors announced.
Jack A. Schaap, of Crete, and Dyer, Ind., was charged in a criminal information in U.S. District Court in Hammond, Ind., according a news release from the district’s U.S. attorney’s office.
Schaap, 54, admitted to adultery and “improper behavior” with the teenager, leading a board of deacons to fire him last month, a church spokesman said at the time.
…In his plea agreement, which also was filed in federal court today, Schaap admits that he had sex with the girl, the girl was under his care or supervision, and he used a computer to persuade the girl to have sex with him illegally.
Schaap, the son-in-law of the infamous Jack Hyles will be back in court tomorrow for an initial appearance. The girl, who is a member of First Baptist, is 17.
Leaders at First Baptist Church of Hammond declined to comment to media. Schaap took over the church after Hyles death in 2001 and is married to Hyles daughter Cindy.
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