E-Mail: Haggard Admitted Using Drugs From Escort

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Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP) An e-mail released by a friend of former pastor Ted Haggard alleges the former leader of New Life Church admitted he used drugs he bought from the male escort who led to his ousting from the church.

In the e-mail obtained by KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs, Haggard 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 haggard's friend Kurt Serpe.

Haggard was forced out of the 14,000-member church he established after the scandal broke in 2006. 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.