Hillsong Church founder found not guilty of concealing his father’s child sex crimes

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CANBERRA, Australia — Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston was ruled not guilty Thursday of an Australian charge of concealing his father’s child sex crimes.

Houston, 69, was the Sydney-based church’s senior global pastor when police charged him two years ago with concealing a serious indictable offense. He resigned from his church roles months later.

Sydney Magistrate Gareth Christofi ruled Brian Houston had a reasonable excuse for not reporting Frank Houston’s offenses to police. Christofi accepted that Houston believed the victim Brett Sengstock did not want the abuse in the 1970s reported to police.

Content retrieved from: https://www.npr.org/2023/08/17/1194499061/hillsong-church-brian-houston-not-guilty-concealing-sex-crimes.

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