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Letter exhorts judge to keep Schaap in prison

Letter exhorts judge to keep Schaap in prison

HAMMOND | As U.S. District Court Judge Rudy Lozano considers former First Baptist Church of Hammond pastor Jack Schaap’s request to have his sentence overturned, at least one person doesn’t want to see him get out of prison anytime soon.

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Former Hammond Baptist pastor wants sentence overturned

Former Hammond Baptist pastor wants sentence overturned

HAMMOND | An attorney for a former pastor of First Baptist Church of Hammond filed a motion Monday asking a federal judge to overturn his client's 12-year prison sentence for sex with a teenage parishioner.

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Hyles' daughter apologizes for 'nefarious actions' of church

Hyles' daughter apologizes for 'nefarious actions' of church

The daughter of a Hammond megachurch's founder has issued a public apology for keeping silent about "the many nefarious actions" of her father and other church leaders.

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Schaap's former student sends letter to court on his behalf

HAMMOND | Letters in support of former First Baptist Church of Hammond pastor Jack Schaap continue to arrive at the desk of U.S. District Court Judge Rudy Lozano, who will sentence Schaap on March 20 for having sex with a 16-year-old church member.

February 21, 2013 5:44 pm

Church attorney: Important works overshadowed by pastor's sex scandal

HAMMOND | Many good works of the First Baptist Church of Hammond are being overlooked in the wake of a federal sex scandal involving its former head pastor, a church attorney said in a written release.

January 15, 2013 3:00 pm

First Baptist Church pastor starts Feb. 17 in Hammond

HAMMOND | First Baptist Church members on Sunday night voted in a new pastor to lead their congregation, according to the church's website.

January 14, 2013 7:08 am

Schaap objects to delaying January sentencing hearing

HAMMOND | The sentencing for disgraced former Hammond megachurch Pastor Jack Schaap should proceed as scheduled later this month despite requested delays by federal prosecutors, Schaap's defense attorney argues.

January 07, 2013 7:00 pm

A tale of two Jack Schaaps

It's a tale of two Jack Schaaps: a steadfast church leader and Christian pillar who stumbled by committing a major transgression, versus a brutal authoritarian with a penchant for extramarital affairs and sermons laced with sexual innuendo.

January 04, 2013 5:00 pm Photos

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Jack Schaap sentencing memorandum

Jack Schaap sentencing memorandum

18-page memorandum ex-Pastor Jack Schaap filed in federal court in Hammond in anticipation of his Jan. 15 sentencing.

January 03, 2013 6:30 pm

Magazine, records show pattern of sex-related allegations at Hammond church

HAMMOND | The alleged sexual indiscretions of religious leaders associated with the First Baptist Church of Hammond didn't begin with the former head pastor's recent admission to having sex with a 16-year-old church girl.

December 17, 2012 8:00 pm Photos

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Gregg rallies with supporters in E.C.

Gregg rallies with supporters in E.C.

October 28, 2012 8:15 pm Photos

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Hobart church holding Trunk or Treat event Wednesday

HOBART | First Baptist Church, 1 N. Pennsylvania St., will hold a trunk or treat event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

October 28, 2012 12:05 am

Public invited to Pray for America service

VALPARAISO | The public is invited to the Pray for America service on Sunday at First Baptist Church of Valparaiso.

October 25, 2012 1:56 pm

Trunk-or-treating event set for Oct. 31 at Hobart church

HOBART | The First Baptist Church, 1 N. Pennsylvania St., will hold a trunk-or-treat event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

October 25, 2012 12:00 am
Hammond pastor pleads guilty in child sex case

Hammond pastor pleads guilty in child sex case

HAMMOND | With an orange jail jumpsuit and leg shackles replacing the suit and tie he wore to a previous hearing, disgraced Pastor Jack Schaap admitted Wednesday to having three sexual encounters with a parish girl beginning when she was 16.

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Hammond Baptist hopes former minister's plea is amen to sex scandal

HAMMOND | The First Baptist Church of Hammond and its former minister Jack Schaap both seek closure to the sex scandal that has caused so much grief for believers.

September 20, 2012 8:30 pm
Former Hammond pastor faces 10 years to life for sex offense

Former Hammond pastor faces 10 years to life for sex offense

HAMMOND | An Apple iPad, iPhone, digital camera and digital voice recorder belonging to a disgraced former Baptist pastor are among the evidence showing he had a sexual relationship with a minor, according to court documents made public Wednesday.

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Former Hammond pastor signs plea in federal child sex case

Former Hammond pastor signs plea in federal child sex case

HAMMOND | A local megachurch's former leader signed a plea agreement in federal court Tuesday admitting he took a minor across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual activity, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

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Worshipers file in to First Baptist Church following firing of Pastor Jack Schaap

Worshipers file in to First Baptist Church following firing of Pastor Jack Schaap

Worshippers file Wednesday night into the First Baptist Church in Hammond for Bible study. The church's pastor, Jack Schaap, was fired after allegations of misconduct with a teen surfaced. The group talked about the situation at the end of the bible study session.

August 01, 2012 8:54 pm
Church spokesman says no charges expected against Schaap

Church spokesman says no charges expected against Schaap

Terry Duff, chairman of First Baptist Church's Board of Deacons, talks to the media Wednesday about the firing of Pastor Jack Schaap as church spokesman Eddie Wilson, right, looks on.

August 01, 2012 5:44 pm
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