Pastor Arranges Gay-Sex Rendezvous. No, Actually, You Haven’t Heard This One Before

Larry Craig. Ted Haggard. George Rekers. There’s quite a range of pastors and politicians who, after years of making money off of demonizing gay people, turn out to really like rent boys and male prostitutes, or who can’t contain their wide stance in a men’s bathroom.

Now there’s a very special newcomer to that august company. Meet Rev. Michael Abromovich, pastor of Set Free Christian Ministry in the fundamentalist-Christian hotbed of Colorado Springs.

Abromovich trolled for gay sex on Craigslist — big shock, right? But here’s the weird thing about the good reverend: As far as we know, he didn’t go through with the sex part. Instead, Abromovich arranged to meet his victim for a tryst, then promptly identified himself as a U.S. Marshal before cuffing the man and robbing him of cash, a watch, a bank card, an iPad, a cell phone, and a laptop, saying he was taking all these things as “evidence.”

A spokesperson for the Denver District Attorney’s Office says there’s a good possibility that Abromovich pulled this stunt more than once.

The minister was apprehended and charged with multiple felonies, including kidnapping, robbery, and impersonating an officer of the law.

Bonus link: Last year, a rabbi in New York, Alfredo Borodowski, was caught repeatedly impersonating a police officer in various road-rage incidents.

About Terry Firma

Terry Firma, though born and Journalism-school-educated in Europe, has lived in the U.S. for the past 20-odd years. Stateside, his feature articles have been published in the New York Times, Reason, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Wired. Terry is the founder and Main Mischief Maker of Moral Compass, a site that pokes fun at the delusional claim by people of faith that a belief in God equips them with superior moral standards.


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