Brian Houston, the world leader of Hillsong, will fight allegations that he covered up alleged child sex crimes his late father committed against a boy in 1970.
- Brian Houston to challenge charges that he hid his father’s alleged child abuse
- His case was first mentioned in a Sydney court on Tuesday morning
- His attorney told the court Houston would plead not guilty to the charges
- Police will say his father Frank Houston indecently assaulted a man in 1970
- Court documents allege that Mr. Houston believed his father committed the crime
Hillsong founder and pastor Brian Houston will fight charges that he illegally concealed his father’s alleged child abuse, a court has heard.
The 67-year-old failed to appear before the Downing Center Local Court in Sydney on Tuesday morning when his case was first called before a court clerk.
His attorney told the court that Houston would plead innocent for concealing a serious crime from another person.
Hillsong founder and pastor Brian Houston (pictured with wife Bobbie) will sue for illegally concealing his father’s alleged child abuse, a court has heard
The case will go to court on November 23.
Houston is charged with concealing a serious criminal offense allegedly committed by his father.
Police will say Frank Houston indecently assaulted a man in 1970.
Court documents allege that between 1999 and his father’s death in 2004, Brian Houston believed his father had committed the crime.
Police will argue that he knew of information that could help secure his father’s prosecution and did not bring it to the attention of the police.
Houston had promised when indicted in August to “set the record straight.”
“These charges have come as a shock to me, given how transparent I have always been about this case,” he said at the time.
NSW Police have been investigating the case for two years after the allegation was leveled by the media and the Institutional Royal Commission on Child Abuse.
Since his indictment, Houston has stepped down from the board of Hillsong, the church he founded in 1983 with his wife Bobbie in the Hills district of Sydney.
Now a global empire, the church says 150,000 people in 30 countries attend its services and 50 million people sing its songs every week.
Police will say Frank Houston (pictured with wife Hazel) indecently assaulted a man in 1970