A former pastor of a northwest Indiana megachurch will likely serve at least 10 years in prison for taking a minor across state lines for sex.
Jack Schaap, 54, of Dyer and Crete, says in his plea agreement with federal prosecutors that both he and prosecutors agree 10 years is a "fair and reasonable sentence," and will recommend that sentence to the judge in the case.
The agreement also requires the former pastor of Hammond's First Baptist Church to register as a sex offender.
In exchange, prosecutors in Will County, Lake County, Ind. and Michigan won't press additional charges, according to the agreement.
Schaap signed the plea deal and was charged Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Hammond. He was taken into custody after an initial hearing Wednesday.
His former congregation has 15,000 members.
Schaap had a relationship earlier this summer with a girl who had not yet turned 18, and took her from Indiana to Illinois and to Michigan "with the intent that she engage in sexual activity," federal prosecutors said.
In his plea agreement, Schaap admitted that he had sex with the girl while she was under his care and supervision.
He's set to return to court Sept. 26, according to court records.
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