Hillsong Dallas pastor Reed Bogard was secretly accused of raping a younger, female staffer who he had an affair with in 2013, it has been revealed.
Bogard was ousted from the church along with his wife last year amid claims they had been misappropriating church donations to fund their lavish lifestyle.
Now, it has emerged that he had an affair between October 2013 and 2014 with a junior female staffer.
The woman is not named publicly because she claimed in October 2020 – six years after the affair ended – that Bogard raped her the first time they had sex on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in 2013.
She made the allegation for the first time in conversations with Hillsong leaders and an investigation was commissioned as a result. The details have never been made public until now.
The Christian Post obtained a copy of the investigation report in which lawyers said it was still a possibility that Bogard could face criminal charges.
Hillsong Dallas pastor Reed Bogard was secretly accused of raping a younger, female staffer who he had an affair with in 2013, it has been revealed
Bogard with his wife Jess. The pair stepped down last year amid claims they were misappropriating funds from the church
It remains unclear if the allegation has ever been reported to the police.
HILLSONG SCANDALS FROM CHILD SEX ABUSE TO MISAPPROPRIATING FUNDS
NOVEMBER 2020: Carl Lentz admits cheating on his wife of 17 years with Brooklyn designer he met during the pandemic
DECEMBER 2020: Former member Yolandi Bosch claims publicly the church is a cult that controls members
2021: Creative director Darrell Barnett fired for sending shirtless selfie
JAN 2021: Reed Bogard and wife fired for misappropriating funds
AUGUST 2021: Head of church Brian Houston charged with covering up his father’s alleged sex crimes against minors
MARCH 24, 2022: Houston steps down as it’s claimed he was inappropriate to two women
MARK 25: Woman’s rape claim against Bogard becomes public
New York’s statute of limitations for reporting rape cases can be as long as 20 years. There is no statute of limitations for first degree rape cases.
Church leaders did know about the affair and had for years, but they thought it had always been consensual, the report claims.
The affair happened in 2013 and lasted until the following year. Hillsong Church Australia found out about it in 2014.
It’s unclear what prompted the woman to claim six years later that Bogard had raped her.
He was forced out of his role in the celebrity-favorite church in January 2021 amid claims he and his wife had misappropriated funds to satisfy their own lavish taste.
Bogard’s departure from the church is the latest in a string of scandals to have plagued the organization.
Hillsong started in Australia in 1983 but has since ballooned to become an international mega church with a cult-like celebrity following.
Justin and Hailey Bieber are the church’s most famous followers but the Kardashians have been tied to it as has Selena Gomez and others.
Its selling point are its army of young, glamorous and trendy pastors who give concert-like sermons and appeal to Instagram-savvy, younger worshipers.
But over the last few years, the so-called disciples of the church have revealed themselves to have somewhat compromised morals.
In 2020, star pastor Carl Lentz was exposed for cheating on his wife with a Brooklyn-based jewelry designer.
Ousted too: Pastor Carl Lentz was fired in November 2020 after it emerged he’d been cheating on his wife of 17 years with a Brooklyn-based designer he met during the COVID pandemic. He is shown with Justin Bieber
Hillsong Global Pastor Brian Houston resigned this week over allegations he was inappropriate towards staff. He has also been accused of turning a blind eye to his father’s alleged sexual abuse of kids
Darnell Barrett, the former creative director, was fired in 2021 for sending a shirtless selfie to someone in the congregation
He was fired by Brian Houston and retreated from the limelight, which he had enjoyed with his celebrity following.
Bogard was fired in January 2021.
‘It was very disappointing to learn that, while some of you experienced the Bogards as dedicated pastors, many others have experienced leadership that failed to meet the commitments and standards of Hillsong Church,’ Brian and his wife said at the time.
Other former church members have compared it to a cult and detailed incidents of sexual assault.
Houston is now facing claims that his father, who founded the church, covered up sexual abuse during his tenure in charge. He resigned on March 24 after it was also claimed he had been inappropriate with staff, notably two women.
He has been criminally charged in Australia over the allegation that he turned a blind eye to his father’s abhuse – which he vehemently denies.
Darnell Barrett, another member of the church, was fired in 2021 for sending a shirtless picture to someone else in the congregation.