New Life's Haggard Accused in Gay Sex Case

Washington Times [Colorado]
November 3, 2006

Ted Haggard, prominent Colorado pastor and rising conservative political star, has stepped away from church duties amid gay sex charges.

Haggard, head of the 14,000-member New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., was accused of paying a gay prostitute for sex, the Denver Post reported Friday.

Saying he could not continue to minister in the face of such accusations, Haggard, 50, placed himself of administrative leave at his church and resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals.

In interviews with the Post and others, Michael Forest Jones, 49, of Denver alleged he had sex with Haggard regularly over a 3-year period and shared drugs with him. Haggard, the father of five, denied the charges.

A report from KTTV in Colorado Springs, however, said Senior Pastor Ross Parsley told church elders that Haggard "admitted to some indiscretions."

The uproar came days before Colorado voters decide on as proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay sex, a proposal Haggard supports.


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