Jan 28, 2014 11:52 PM by Maddie Garrett
A former Colorado Springs pastor is accused of soliciting men online for sex, and then pretending to be a U.S. marshal in order to attack and rob them. Michael "Mike" Abromovich, a former pastor at Set Free Christian Ministry, faces felony charges of robbery, kidnapping and impersonating a peace officer.
Other pastors at the church said they can't believe the charges. Church leaders said Abromovich served as one of several pastors at the church for about a year, but left last fall. It's after that, in November 2013, when Abromovich allegedly committed these crimes and was arrested by police in December.
Set Free Ministry has been in Colorado Springs for about three years. The church is about second chances, helping the homeless and people with drug or alcohol addictions.
"No where to turn, "I don't have any money, I don't have any place to go," that's what we're here for," said one pastor, Wayne Moore. "We give what has been given to us."
Set Free has churches across the country and the world. Abromovich was known as a member of the ministry for over a decade, and one of several pastors at the Colorado Springs church for about a year. He left Set Free on his own accord, after alleged run-ins with the board and other pastors over possible mismanagement of church money.
"I'm disappointed, you know, I'm a pastor too, so in that we hold each other accountable for what we do," said Moore.
But the real shock for Moore and others at the church are the allegations of Abromovich's criminal activity. An arrest affidavit from Denver Police states that Abromovich allegedly used the online ad site, Craig's List, to solicit men for sex. He set up a meeting with one victim at a Motel 6 in Denver.
But Police said when Abromovich arrived, he allegedly charged the room, shouting that he was a U.S. marshal. Court documents say he "threw the man against the door, and then handcuffed and searched him." Police believe he pointed a paint ball gun at the victim as well.
Police say Abromovich allegedly stole the victim's laptop, iPad, cell phone, money, credit and debit card.
Church leaders said it's hard to believe a former pastor would do such a thing.
"It's sad when somebody as a pastor steps away from what their calling is," said Moore of the news.
Abromovich was later picked up by police in Arizona and extradited back to Colorado. He appeared in court Tuesday and will have a preliminary hearing on February 20, 2014. He remains in custody on $75,000 bond.
Police believe there may be other victims who are afraid to come forward.