Former Hammond Pastor Blames Health, Financial Woes For Illicit Sex
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CHICAGO (CBS) — The former pastor of First Baptist Church of Hammond will be sentenced later this month for a sexual relationship with a minor.
In a new court filing, he blames health and financial problems.
Jack Schapp pleaded guilty in federal court to transporting a minor across state lines for sexual relations.
The minimum sentence is 10 years.
He is asking for a break and acknowledges he violated his position of trust.
However, he notes his service to the community and says in a sentencing memorandum that donations to his mega church were down and employees were being laid off.
He said he was working 100 hours a week when the relationship started.
The Post-Tribune reports the filing includes over 100 letters of support from friends and family, including his wife.