Hillsong founder Brian Houston acquitted

The founder of the global megachurch Hillsong, Brian Houston, has been acquitted in a Sydney court over charges arising from his decision not to report his paedophile father to police.

Houston pleaded not guilty and stood trial on one count of concealing a serious indictable offence of another person, for allegedly failing to report to police his father Frank’s confession to repeatedly sexually assaulting and raping a young boy who was a member of a church where he preached.

Frank Houston confessed his offending to his son, Brian, in 1999. Brian Houston reported it to senior members of the church but not to police.


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