Jack Schaap, former pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hammond. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 10, 2013 6:05PM
The sentencing hearing for the former First Baptist Church of Hammond pastor Jack Schaap has been continued until March 12, according to an order in the U.S. District Court in Hammond.
Schaap, who resigned from his position in August and pleaded guilty in September to taking a then-16-year-old girl into Illinois and Michigan to have sexual relations, was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday.
However, federal attorneys filed a motion asking for a delay, saying the victim and her family had only recently decided to give an impact statement and to ask for restitution from Schaap. The family needs to meet with a counselor, who can determine exactly what help the girl will need in the future and how much it is likely to cost.
Attorneys for Schaap fought against delaying the sentencing, but U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano granted the government’s request.