SYDNEY (dpa) – The founder of a popular Pentecostal megachurch sexually abused an underage boy in Australia, an inquiry heard Tuesday.
A Royal Commission is investigating how institutions such as churches, governments and volunteer organisations responded to allegations of child abuse in recent decades.
On Tuesday, it started hearing accusations against Hillsong Church founder Frank Houston, who died in 2004 aged 82, after admitting in 2000 to inappropriate behaviour with a boy 30 years earlier.
No charges were ever brought against Houston, but the inquiry will hear how the church handled complaints that he molested boys.
One alleged victim told the panel that his aggressor’s son, Brian Houston, blamed him for “tempting” his father, during a conversation over compensation payment, ABC reported.