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Family friend reveals email from Haggard, says ex-preacher a 'sexaholic'

by PageOneQ

An E-mail from disgraced megachurch pastor Ted Haggard to a longtime family friend admits sexual contact with a male escort, but breaks from the original story.

Haggard, founder of New Life Church and former president of the National Association of Evangelicals, fell from grace in November of 2006 after Denver masseur and male escort Mike Jones went public with allegations that he and Haggard, using the pseudonym "Art," had sex about once a month. Jones outed Haggard due to his support of Colorado's Amendment 43, the proposed same-sex marriage ban.

"I had to expose the hypocrisy," Jones told ABC News. "He is in the position of influence of millions of followers, and he's preaching against gay marriage, but behind everybody's back doing what he's preached against."

According to Haggard, the only contact he had with Jones was a "full release" massage. On allegations Jones secured methamphetamines for him, Haggard told family friend Kurt Serpe that he repeatedly bought drugs, but didn't use all of them "out of shame."

"This is something that he has been struggling with all of his life," Serpe said. "He craved sex, he was a sexaholic." According to Serpe, the encounters weren't about sexual orientation, but gratification. He also added that, rather than three years, Haggard said the encounters lasted three months.

The text of the E-mail, dated October 3, 2007 and obtained by KRDO, appears below:

I was referred to Mike Jones from the concierge at a Marriott hotel when I asked for a masseur. It was during the massage that it started to become sensual, and that led to him masturbating me. That was and is our only sexual contact, but it was immoral and it was this experience that caused me to confess immorality in my letter of resignation from New Life Church. During the conversation with Mike during and after the time he masturbated me, he told me about some drugs that he could get for me that would enhance my masturbation experience. I returned on five occasions and bought those drugs. I actually used them three times, throwing them away in shame before use two times. It is for these offenses that I confessed being immoral and deceitful.

These are the answers you have requested, but I do not know why you would say you deserve them? That seems odd to me.

God bless,

Ted Haggard


Originally published on Thursday June 26, 2008.

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