E-mail details disgraced pastor connection with male escort
COLORADO SPRINGS ” An e-mail released by a purported friend of ousted pastor Ted Haggard alleges the former leader of New Life Church admitted having sexual contact with and buying drugs from a male escort.
In the October 2007 e-mail obtained by KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs, Haggard allegedly writes he bought drugs five times from Mike Jones and that he allowed Jones to masturbate him after a massage. The e-mail was released by Kurt Serpe.
The television station also provided a copy of the e-mail to The Associated Press.
“I’m not speaking about that anymore,” Serpe told the AP by phone. He also said he had not told Haggard he was going public with the e-mail.
A phone number listed for Haggard in Colorado Springs was disconnected.
Haggard was forced out of the 14,000-member church after the scandal broke in 2006. Haggard had established the church.
Haggard also resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals after he confessed to undisclosed “sexual immorality.”
Haggard left Colorado Springs to begin what church leaders called “a spiritual restoration program” in Phoenix. He has since returned to Colorado Springs.
The new leader of New Life Church, pastor Brady Boyd, said Haggard asked to be released from the restoration program in January and is no longer connected with the Colorado Springs church.
Serpe told the television station he wanted to share the e-mail because he “felt the truth needed to be told.”
In the e-mail Serpe said is written by Haggard, the former pastor said he bought drugs from Jones five times, but didn’t specify what kind of drugs. He said he used the drugs three times.
Haggard has said in the past he bought methamphetamine from Jones but didn’t use it.
Serpe said Haggard told him in the e-mail that the time he allowed Jones to masturbate him was the only sexual contact he ever had with the escort and it was the reason that he confessed to immorality.
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