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Hillsong Founder Facing Criminal Charge

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Founder of the Hillsong Church, Pastor Brian Houston leaves the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hearings in Sydney, Australia on Oct. 8, 2014. (AAP Image/Paul Miller)

Australian Hillsong pastor Brian Houston has been charged with concealing information about the sexual abuse of a young male in the 1970s.

Police in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) will allege that Houston knew information relating to the sexual abuse of a young male but never reported it to police.

Police first began investigating the matter in 2019.

They handed a brief of evidence to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, who gave advice to the police this week.

Houston’s lawyer received a court attendance notice for concealing a serious indictable offence on Thursday afternoon.

The founder of the Hillsong Church was among the people who Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison wanted to be invited to a White House dinner when he visited the United States in 2019.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the White House knocked back the request, which Morrison only admitted making six months later.

Houston was known to have been under police investigation for his failure to report his father’s sexual abuse of children.

The child sex abuse royal commission found he failed to tell police about the abuse allegations against Frank Houston.

He will appear in Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney on Oct. 5.

By Hannah Ryan

AAP

Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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