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Monday, August 27, 2007

Ted Haggard & Paul Huberty

posted by on August 27 at 13:50 PM

Dave Coffman, Slog reader and muckraker extraordinaire, gets full credit for this headline in today’s Rocky Mountain News, a big-league, mainstream daily in Denver:

Haggard Fund Drive Points to Molester

Let’s take a moment to savor that. Hmm. Haggard fund drive points to molester… delicious. Could it get any better? I mean, surely nothing in the story itself could top that headline, right? Psych! It gets better

Disgraced minister Ted Haggard is asking that donations to support him and his family be sent to a Monument group run by a twice-convicted sex offender. Haggard, who has moved with his family to Phoenix, could not be reached for comment today.

The head of a four-member panel of ministers overseeing the fallen preacher’s spiritual restoration said he will fly to Arizona Tuesday to meet with Haggard for a face-to-face explanation.

So Coffman got Haggard in trouble with his “overseers”—the same guys that declared Rev. Ted 100% heterosexual. Nice work, Dave!

And the Rocky Mountain News shared every dirty detail with its readers—and gave them a more salacious spin than this “alternative” paper did:

On Friday, a Seattle alternative newspaper, The Stranger, reported online that Families with a Mission was registered by Paul Gerard Huberty as a nonprofit corporation with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. The group’s corporation was voluntarily dissolved in February.

Huberty, who registered Families with a Mission in Hawaii in 2001, was convicted of attempted sexual assault there in January 2004 and sentenced to 12 months in jail with six months suspended.

He also received five years’ probation and is registered in Hawaii as sex offender who has committed crimes against a minor.

The Hawaiian state sex offender registry lists Huberty’s Monument home address—which is also the mailing address for Families with a Mission. There is no indication that Huberty has registered as a sex offender in Colorado, as required under state law.

Calls to Huberty’s home—where the voice mail has a man named “Paul” saying to leave a message and “God bless you”—were not returned today.

His Hawaiian probation requires him to undergo lie-detector testing and other exams to see if he is sexually aroused by deviant material, according to the Hawaii state court database.

He is ordered to stay off the grounds of Kona Christian Academy, Makia Lani High School and the University of Nations, Kona campus. He was also barred from being a foster parent or guardian of a minor.

While serving with the U.S. Army in Germany in 1996, then-Lt. Col. Paul G. Huberty was convicted of sodomy, indecent acts, and adultery involving a 17-year girl who accompanied Huberty to Europe as his “legal ward,” according to federal court records. Huberty was a married father of three at the time.

In the same trial, the 18-year Army veteran was also convicted of “dishonorably fondling his genitals” during an incident involving two Dutch women at a public swimming pool in the Netherlands.

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congrats on the break, stranger! btw-what's a "pycho"?

Posted by mongo like slog | August 27, 2007 1:54 PM

I didn't realize that there was a way to "honorably" or "dishonarbly" fondle ones genitals..

Posted by Clint | August 27, 2007 2:14 PM

Honorable genital fondling occurs only in the presence of other men.

Posted by Greg | August 27, 2007 2:19 PM

As a Coloradan and Denverite- Rocky Mountain News is neither big League nor Mainstream- it is a local rag with considerable conservative leanings--- but getting Haggard bad press in a conservative rag is possibly more important to me than it being in the progressive papers and outlets- in the leftist outlets its preaching to the chior but if just one fundie from COlorado Springs sees it and stops from sending their money to their poor poor vilified preacher (sarcasm) then I'm happy- its not enough to remind us progressive folks that religious fundimentalism is a social disease but I'd like to slowly chip away at the financial support that goes to these mega churches by causing doubt among the flok.

Posted by NELBOT | August 27, 2007 2:24 PM

YES!!! I don't care how lowly a publication anyone thinks the Rocky is, it's mainstream in Denver and this story is getting the press it deserves.


Posted by OddlyEnough | August 27, 2007 2:36 PM

To their credit, flying to meet Haggard in person is exactly the honorable thing for Haggard's overseers to do. If Haggard was a Catholic priest, his business would have been covered up no matter how many sins he committed.

I'm having a little trouble with Puberty's defense that the Dutch women were "in the men's area" at the pool -- as if it's normal and acceptable to stand out in the open jerking off as long as only men can see you. Ugh.

Also: he fucked his foster daughter in the ass.

How surprising that a man like that would be involved in a charity scam.

Posted by Fnarf | August 27, 2007 3:43 PM

Look for my story in the Rocky Mountain News tomorrow. I am glad this story broke and it makes feel better that I did do the right thing. MJ

Posted by mike jones | August 27, 2007 4:23 PM

NELBOT @ 4, don't lie to the Seattle folk. The RMN is very much a big daily, more conservative than the Denver Post but no less mainstream for that.

Posted by Matt from Denver | August 27, 2007 6:20 PM

Isn't it "Molesterer?" God, these people need a decktionary...

Posted by jhell | August 28, 2007 10:46 AM

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