Colorado church dismisses pastor amid sex and drug scandal


November 05, 2006|By Los Angeles Times

DENVER -- An investigative committee of independent pastors concluded "without a doubt" yesterday that the Rev. Ted Haggard had committed "sexually immoral conduct" and removed him from his duties as senior pastor at a mega-church in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The committee's decision took away Haggard's last position of church leadership - and cast doubt on his assertion that he had met a gay prostitute for a massage, but never had sex with him.

Last week, Haggard resigned from the presidency of the 30 million-member National Association of Evangelicals under allegations that he had a three-year sexual relationship with the man. Haggard also has said that he bought methamphetamine from the prostitute, but did not use it.

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