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Former Hammond Pastor Blames Health, Financial Woes For Illicit Sex

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Dr. Jack Schaap was removed as pastor at First Baptist Church in Hammond for an "improper relationship with a young woman," according to a church spokesman. (Credit: fbchammond.com)

Dr. Jack Schaap was removed as pastor at First Baptist Church in Hammond for an “improper relationship with a young woman,” according to a church spokesman. (Credit: fbchammond.com)


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.