Well, he got his day in court. Here's a snippet of the Chicago Tribune Article:
A former northwest Indiana pastor was charged in federal court today with taking a minor across state lines in and has signed a plea agreement, prosecutors announced.
Jack A. Schaap, of Crete, and Dyer, Ind., was charged in a criminal information in U.S. District Court in Hammond, Ind., according a news release from the district’s U.S. attorney’s office.
The FBI had confirmed last month that it was investigating whether Schaap, the former pastor of an Indiana megachurch, broke any laws during a relationship with a girl who was 17 last month that led to his ouster from First Baptist Church in Hammond.
Schaap, 54, admitted to adultery and "improper behavior" with the teenager, leading a board of deacons to fire him last month, a church spokesman said at the time.
* * * * *Update 9/19/12 Based on this article: Pastor could get 10 years for sex across state lines charge:
The charge comes with a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, which federal attorneys say they will recommend.
Jack Schaap is married to Cynthia Hyles, the daughter of First Baptist's founder, Jack Hyles. If you would like to dig deeper into the church's history of sex scandals, blogger Bruce Gerenscer has written a very informative article, The Legacy of Jack Hyles. Bruce did a great job with this article and the facts seem to match up with the sources I've read and it's all in one place. There is a long history of sexual coverup at that church.
If you'd like to learn more, here is a fairly recent TEDx video of Linda Murphrey, daughter of Jack Hyles, called, "From Cult to Courage". It is a a very personal and disturbing testimony of Linda discussing her life as the daughter of Jack Hyles: what it was like to be part of her father's mega-church, the spiritual abuse, sexual secrets in the family and church committed by her father and brother, including the massive cover-ups in the church.
Let's hope and pray that the church in Hammond will clean up from the top down so that the members may heal and grow.