The Rev. Ted Haggard admitted Friday he bought methamphetamine from a male prostitute but maintained he never had sex with the man and never used the drug.
I bought it for myself but never used it. I was tempted but I never used it,” he said, smiling constantly from the driver’s seat of his pickup truck as he answered questions from reporters outside his home.
Jones [the male prostitute] said his acquaintance with Haggard - whom he knew as “Art” - lasted about three years, with Haggard calling him every month or so and paying him for sex. Haggard’s middle name is Arthur.
Jones said he learned Haggard’s real name about six months ago while watching a History Channel program on which Haggard was interviewed. Jones began researching Haggard and discovered his church’s positions on same-sex marriage.
“I got to tell you, I started getting pissed,” he said.