This man is likely to get a long jail sentence for this alleged pedophile activity with boys and teens.
The case is similar to the case of Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong, who was guilty of child sex crimes from at least 1960, possibly as early as the 1930s, until his death in 2004.
Frank Houston was a Salvation Army captain in the 1940s and got kicked out of the Salvation Army, probably for child sex offences.
The difference between the cases is that while Brian Houston, the current head pastor of Hillsong, hid and sheltered his pedophile father William Francis “Frank” Houston from the NSW Police for five years from when he confessed in 1999, until his death November 2004, William Edward Steele is going before the Courts.
The likely sentence for Mr Steele is 7 to 12 years jail.
If Frank Houston has been handed over to the NSW police by his son Brian Houston, he would have died in jail.
ABC News Australia
Former Salvation Army church member faces trial accused of child sex offences
18 April 2017
“A former Salvation Army church member on trial for alleged child sex offences dating back more than 50 years hid an underlying sexual desire towards boys, a Perth court has been told.
William Edwin Steele, 73, is accused of indecently assaulting five boys aged between 11 and 18 over a period of 26 years, between 1963 and 1989.
The offences are alleged to have happened at various places in Perth, including the back of the Salvation Army church in Subiaco and a fruit and vegetable market where he worked as the general manager.
Steele, who has a wife and four children, is alleged to have committed the first offence a year before he got married.
In his opening statement, prosecutor Craig Astill told the jury Steele hid an underlying sexual desire towards teenage boys.
Mr Astill said although some of the alleged victims were at the age of consent, “none of the conduct was consensual or sought after”.
However, defence lawyer Tom Percy said his client was still “happily married” and emphatically denied any of the offences occurred.
He told the jury the fact that none of the alleged victims made a complaint at the time “casts enormous doubt” over the allegations, and said they could not be proven by the prosecution due to a lack of evidence.
“All these allegations have the hallmarks of extreme improbability,” Mr Percy said.
“There is no objective proof and no eyewitnesses.”
All five alleged victims are due to give evidence.
The trial is set down for two weeks.”