Ted Haggard back in Colorado Springs

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) Former megachurch pastor Ted Haggard, who was forced out of his job after being caught in a sex scandal involving a former male prostitute, has returned to Colorado Springs.

When reached by phone today, the former leader of New Life Church confirmed that he is in Colorado Springs but said he couldn't talk to reporters.

New Life's new pastor Brady Boyd says Haggard moved back to Colorado Springs about two weeks ago.

Under a severance deal with the church in 2006, Haggard agreed to leave Colorado Springs and not talk about the scandal publicly. The deal expired at the end of 2007.

Boyd says Haggard is now free to live where he wants.

Haggard's return was first reported by The Gazette of Colorado Springs.

Haggard was fired as pastor of the 14,000-member church he founded in November 2006 after a former male prostitute alleged they had a cash-for-sex relationship.

Haggard, who also stepped down as president of the National Association of Evangelicals, publicly confessed only to “sexual immorality” and said he bought meth but didn't use it.

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