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Hillsong megachurch founder forced to quit over 1970s sex abuse ...

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Hillsong megachurch founder forced to quit over 1970s sex abuse allegations

Brian Houston denies he knows about the abuse of a young man, but is stepping down until the end of the year

Lidia Kelly

Brian Houston, founder of Pentecostal megachurch Hillsong, said on Sunday he is stepping down from all ministry responsibilities to prepare to “vigorously defend” Australian police charges that he concealed sex abuse of a young man in the 1970s.

In August, the 67-year-old Houston was charged with concealing child sex abuse by his late father, Frank Houston, an allegation he strenuously denied.

“These allegations came as a shock to me, and it is my intention to vigorously defend them,” Houston said on Hillsong’s website...

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