Pedophile Pastor Released From Jail Early Due To Coronavirus
The pedophile pastor was convicted for taking a 16-year-old girl across state lines for sex
The pedophile pastor is seeking a compassionate release because of the COVID-19 pandemic and his record as a "model prisoner," according to court records.
Jack Schaap pedophile pastor 62, pleaded guilty to taking a 16-year-old girl he was counseling at First Baptist across state lines for sex, and in March 2013 he was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison. He is serving his sentence in Ashland, Kentucky.
In a recent court document, Schaap wrote he asked for a pre-indictment plea "to show (he) accepted full responsibility and to avoid a lengthy trial period which (he) felt would be detrimental"
"Although there were extenuating circumstances and I did not know I was violating the law, the fact is I did violate the letter of the law and I did plead guilty. I realize the seriousness of the crime and accepted responsibility for it," Schaap wrote.
Schaap was First Baptist Church of Hammond founder Jack Hyles' son-in-law, and Schaap became pastor at First Baptist after Jack Hyles died in 2001.
Various news articles, including Chicago Magazine and the Star-Telegram in Fort Worth, Texas, have documented the patterns of alleged sexual abuse and sexual assault – most cases involving teenage girls – by church leadership, including David Hyles, Jack Hyles' son.
Currently, Schaap's release date is Feb. 2, 2023, after which he will serve time at a halfway house, according to court records.
Schaap wrote that by September he will have served 67% of his sentence, and that he has been declared eligible for the First Step Act, signed by President Donald Trump in 2018 to "reduce the size of the federal prison population while also creating mechanisms to maintain public safety," according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
If released, Schaap said his main concern would be the well-being of his parents. "As time allows," Schaap said he'd like to help his friends with a nonprofit they established to help people struggling with alcohol and drug recovery.
In the future, Schaap wrote, the nonprofit hopes "to work to empower missionaries around the world, establish independent missionary schools to train the nationals, and help to establish churches."