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Former pastor admits to having sex with teen parishioner

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A former pastor of an Indiana mega church admitted to having sex with a girl from his parish.

Jack Schaap, 54, told a federal judge he first had sex with the girl when she was 16. He said he didn’t realize he was doing something illegal at the time.

While Indiana’s age of consent is 16, people in positions of authority like pastors and teachers can’t have sexual relationships with those they lead.

Schaap is a former pastor from Hammond’s First Baptist Church.

He faces at least 10 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 15.


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