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Pastor Jack Schaap Tells Teen Girl Sex With Him is 'Exactly What Christ Desires'

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Jack Schaap, a former pastor of an Indiana megachurch, is now awaiting sentencing after he told a 17-year-old girl that Jesus approved of her having sex with him.

Prosecutors released letters Wednesday where the First Baptist Church pastor told the girl that she should have sex with him because it was in God’s plan.

“In our ‘fantasy talk,’ you have affectionately spoken of being ‘my wife,’” Schaap wrote. “That is exactly what Christ desires for us. He wants to marry us + become eternal lovers!”

He pleaded guilty last year to having the girl transported across state lines into Michigan so he could have sex with her. He was able to have her transported by church members by telling them she was “in an extremely vulnerable state” and had to spend alone time with him. He was staying in a cabin in Cadillac, Michigan.

Schaap is also accused of having sex with her at his property in Crete, Illinois and at his office in the church.

In the letters he sent to the girl, he told her that he wanted to “put her on a better path of living - that’s what we call Righteousness.”

The victim said she trusted him and he took advantage of it.

“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,” she wrote in documents. “[Schaap] preyed on that trust and my vulnerability.”

Jill Koster, assistant U.S. attorney, defended the government’s request that he receive a 10-year sentence, as she said he had agreed to plead guilty before they filed charges.

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