Birmingham’s ABC affiliate reports:
“Many more charges” are expected to be filed against Acton Bowen as soon as later this week according to Etowah County Deputy District Attorney Carol Griffith. Prosecutors told a judge more potential victims had been discovered in Orange Beach, Alabama and across state lines in Florida and Colorado. The FBI has now become involved into the investigation according to prosecutors. “Acton Bowen is a danger to every child in this community,” said District Attorney Jody Willoughby.
The Birmingham Herald reports:
Earlier this month, Bowen, a speaker and author, was arrested by Hoover police on charges of second-degree sodomy, enticing a child to enter a vehicle or house for immoral purposes and second-degree sex abuse. The Hoover victim is a boy under the age of 16 and over the age of 12. A week later, Bowen was arrested in Etowah County on seven new charges – second-degree sodomy, enticing a child to enter a vehicle or house for immoral purposes and second-degree sex abuse. Five of the charges are felony crimes, and two are misdemeanors.
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Acton’s wife has filed for divorce, the return of her maiden name, and for a restraining order because she fears physical harm should he be released on bond.
Roy Moore’s attorney, Trenton Garmon, has resigned from the board of Bowen’s ministry. According to Garmon, Bowen had enrolled in a paid web filtering program called Covenant Eyes, which supposedly alerts an “accountability partner” when the allegedly godly Christian surrenders to his boner and views internet porn.
Additionally, Garmon claims that Bowen was supposed to be abiding by the so-called “Billy Graham Rule” and never be alone with a female other than his wife or with a male under 16 years old. Garmon acknowledges that the second half of that rule “was not always honored.” As it turns out, Dan Savage has some photo evidence about that.
Heavy.com has published an extensive report on the criminal charges, Bowen’s ministry, his false claim of being a Fox News contributor, his best-selling books, and his ties to major evangelical figures including a GOP candidate for governor of Alabama. Bowen faces decades in prison.