Haggard Faces New Gay Sex Accusations
Churchgoer says he had long relationship with anti-gay marriage preacher
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2009 8:46 AM CST

(Newser) – Evangelical preacher Ted Haggard had a long extra-marital affair with a male parishioner before his downfall, KRDO reports. The churchgoer says the New Life Church paid him hush money after the affair several years ago. The church confirmed the accusation after learning that the man possesses a recording of a conversation between himself and Haggard in which the preacher admits the relationship is inappropriate and begs for forgiveness.

The pastor who succeeded Haggard said the man had come to the church in 2006 and that there was evidence of an "inappropriate, consensual sexual relationship" that "went on for a long period of time. " Haggard, who preached against gay marriage as the head of the New Life Church but got fired after a male prostitute identified him as a client, is due to give interviews this week to promote a documentary on his life.