The leader of a now-defunct Perth Christian group has been charged with groping the breasts of five women who were among his congregation that he led for 30 years. Sex assault squad detectives charged Kevin Gerard Byrne Horgan, 68, of Mt Lawley, with seven counts of indecent assault. Police will allege that while Mr Horgan was the leader of the Bethel Convenant Community in West Leederville from 1979 to 2008, he indecently assaulted five women.
The ultraconservative community group, which Mr Horgan founded, closed in 2008 after an internal revolt was launched against him. The group's headquarters were reportedly sold for $10.45 million and some of the money went to helping with medical and legal bills for complainants. Police have confirmed that several women have assisted with the investigation, which has resulted in seven charges being laid.
Mr Horgan, who is brother of Leeuwin Estate owner Denis Horgan, has been summonsed to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on February 28.