Report: Youth Pastor With Ties To Roy Moore Admits To 28 Counts Of Sex Abuse
Alabama youth pastor Acton Bowen was arrested in April 2018 and charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy, but in the time since, the televangelist racked up more charges. On Tuesday, Bowen pleaded guilty to a total of 28 sex crimes against six minors.
Friendly Atheist noted that Bowen “hosted xlroads TV, a show viewed by millions of people in cities across the U.S. and more than 150 other countries around the world.” He is “also an author and public speaker with ties to failed Senate candidate and alleged child molester Roy Moore.”
Al.com reported that Bowen entered a blind plea, which means he could face the maximum sentence for each charge, including life in prison. The youth pastor was charged in Jefferson County and Etowah counties, where he faced “criminal charges, including enticing a child for sexual act, sodomy, traveling to meet a child for sexual act and sexual abuse involving six different victims between the ages of 13 and 16.”
Bowen’s father, Paul Bowen, said in a statement that he and his son’s attorneys are hoping to present “mitigating evidence” to try to reduce any potential sentencing.
“Acton made the decision with the advice of his attorney and with the support of his family to acknowledge his guilt and accept his responsibility,” the elder Bowen said. “He did not want to make any of the victims have to go through a trial.”
He added: “Acton was evaluated by two different psychologists at his own expense, and we expect both of them to offer mitigating testimony at his sentencing hearing.