Reverend Ted Haggard, one of the most senior and influential evangelical leaders in the United States, admitted on Sunday to “sexual immorality” after he was accused of having sex with a male prostitute.

The confession came 24 hours after Haggard was fired from the church he founded, the New Life Church, which conducted an investigation into claims made by former prostitute Mike Jones.

Jones alleged Haggard, who is also leader of the National Association of Evangelicals, paid him for sex many times over a

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