Federal prosecutors included letters former First Baptist Church Pastor Jack Schaap wrote to his victim in their sentencing memorandum filed Wednesday in federal court in Hammond. Jack Schaap wrote in the one letter to the 17-year-old girl that their relationship “is exactly what Christ desires for us.”
Schaap was fired by the 15,000-member Hammond church in July and later pleaded guilty to taking a minor across state lines with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
He’s scheduled to be sentenced Thursday morning and is seeking the minimum 10-year sentence under his conviction. Jack Schaap, the former pastor First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana who pleaded guilty last September to transporting an underage parishioner across state lines to have sex with her, wrote letters to the girl claiming their affair was accepted by Jesus Christ. The letters were included by prosecutors in a sentencing memorandum filed in federal court.