A former leader of a Texas A&M Christian student group has been convicted of sexually assaulting a woman he was dating.
The Brazos County District Court jury that convicted Jacob Pape, 26, of Lubbock, sentenced him to seven years in prison.
During the seven-day trial, the jury heard from three women who said they were assaulted. Pape testified that the contact was consensual.
Prosecutors say all three women were raped.
The jury took more than five hours to return the verdict and two hours to determine the sentence. Prosecutors asked for 15 years and Pape asked for probation. The range of penalties included probation and prison terms between two and 20 years.
Prosecutors say a second sexual assault indictment against Pape remains pending.
Brazos County District Attorney’s Office Press Release:
On Tuesday, February 15, 2022, the jury in the 85th District Court sentenced Jacob Pape to seven years in prison for the misdemeanor sexual assault. The same jury found Pape guilty of the offense Friday night.
On July 8, 2017, Jane Doe #1 agreed to a date with the accused in College Station, Texas. The accused, a member of the Christian Fellowship of Brethren Under Christ, was on weekend leave to work at a Christian camp. During the date, they returned to Doe #1’s apartment where the accused sexually assaulted her. After assaulting her, the accused told Doe #1 that they should pray for their sin of premarital sex and told Doe #1 that she was obligated to forgive him.
On September 1, 2017, Doe #2 arranged a date with the accused. During the meeting, the accused gave her a glass of wine. After drinking the wine, the victim became unable to walk. The accused took the victim to his home where he sexually assaulted her. After sexually assaulting her, the accused called Doe #2’s roommates to pick her up. When Doe #2’s housemates arrived, the survivor was conscious and unconscious. After getting her into the vehicle, Doe #2 told her roommates that she had been sexually assaulted. Doe #2’s roommates took her to Scott and White’s where she was screened for sexual assault. Doe #2 did not initially report her sexual assault to the police because she wanted to believe it was a mistake and her kit was not processed by the crime lab. When she later reported, the DNA taken from her kit matched that of the accused.
Defendant’s roommates and other members of Brothers Under Christ became suspicious of Defendant’s behavior and confronted him after hearing the allegations from Jane Doe #2. Defendant admitted to continuing to have relationships sex with Jane Doe #2 while she was unconscious.
In the spring of 2018, Break-away Ministries delivered a sermon on sexual assault. At the end of the sermon, the minister encouraged victims of sexual violence to reach out and tell someone. After seeing the sermon, Jane Doe #1 contacted a roommate of the defendant to report his sexual assault.
During the punishment phase, the jury heard that on August 14, 2017, Jane Doe #3 agreed to come to the defendant’s home to hang out. Doe #3 had been talking with the defendant via text for months and arranged a movie date at his house. After drinking a glass of wine provided by the defendant, Doe #3 started to feel super drunk. The accused led Doe #3 to her bedroom where he sexually assaulted her. Afterwards, the defendant convinced Doe #3 that the sexual assault was due to his behavior and that it “tripped him”.
These women then reported their assaults to Texas A&M. The defendant was expelled from Texas A&M University as a result of these assaults.
The Brazos County District Attorney’s Office would like to thank Texas A&M University, Breakaway Ministries, the defendant’s former roommates and the brave survivors who testified about this defendant and the brave survivors who helped bring this defendant to justice.