The Birmingham News reports:
A well-known Alabama evangelist, public speaker and author was arrested in Hoover Tuesday on child sex charges. Paul Edward Acton Bowen, a 37-year-old Gadsden native who now lives in Etowah County’s Southside community, was taken into custody by Hoover police about 12:35 p.m.
The founder of Acton Bowen Outreach Ministries is charged with second-degree sodomy, enticing a child to enter a vehicle or house for immoral purposes, and second-degree sex abuse. The victim was a young male, but police did not release his age except to say he is over 12 and under 16.
Bowen is president and founder of Acton Bowen Outreach. His bio says he served for 12 years in a local church, led a citywide student Bible study in Gadsden and was also the host of xlroads TV, a worldwide broadcast viewed weekly by millions of teens and adults in every city in America and over 170 countries around the world. The website says Bowen is a cohost of Top3 on the JuceTV Network in New York City and a regular contributor on Fox News in New York City where he serves as a correspondent on faith and religion.
Birmingham’s Fox affiliate reports:
Detectives began an investigation about three weeks ago. Warrants for Bowen’s arrest were obtained Monday. The suspect was arrested in Pelham and taken to the Hoover city jail. Police say the victim in this case is an underage family acquaintance. That unidentified child, according to police, is doing well and has been in a safe environment since police were first notified of the accusations. Detectives tell us no other details will be released in this case because of its sensitive nature and the age of the victim.
Bowen apparently billed himself as the “Tiny Giant” because of his short stature.