Former Pastor Jack Schaap, of the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, told an underage girl that she should have sex with him because it was part of God’s plan, according to letters that Schaap wrote, which were recently released by prosecutors.
“In our ‘fantasy talk,’ you have affectionately spoken of being ‘my wife,’” Schaap wrote to the unidentified girl. “That is exactly what Christ desires for us. He wants to marry us + become eternal lovers!”
According to the Chicago Sun Times, Schaap pleaded guilty in 2012 to having the girl transported across state lines into Michigan so that he could have sex with her.
Prosecutors said that Schaap had tricked church members into bringing the girl to his cabin in Cadillac, Michigan because she was “in an extremely vulnerable state” and needed to spend time alone with him.
He also allegedly had sex with the girl at home property in Crete, Illinois and at his office at the church.
“He told me to confide in him, to trust him, and he made me feel safe and comfortable around him as a man of God,” the girl wrote in documents provided by prosecutors. “[Schaap] preyed on that trust and my vulnerability.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jill Koster defended the government’s request that Schaap only receive a 10-year sentence by pointing out that Schaap agreed to plead guilty before the charges had even been filed, which apparently, in some way, lessens the severity of the crime and need for a longer sentence in Koster's mind.
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Source: Chicago Sun Times