News Ted Haggard & Paul Huberty
posted by August 27 at 13:50 PMon
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:
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.