The founder of the megachurch Hillsong has been charged with covering up his late father’s child sexual abuse offenses.
Police in New South Wales, Australia, served 67-year-old Brian Houston Thursday with a charge of concealing a serious indictable offense, and he is expected to appear in court in October. Their investigation into the matter began in 2019 after reports that Houston had concealed information relating to Frank Houston’s alleged sexual abuse against children, police said.
“Police will allege in court the man knew information relating to the sexual abuse of a young male in the 1970s and failed to bring that information to the attention of police,” a police statement reads.
In a statement to BuzzFeed News, the pastor denied the charge.