...can you guess?
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's website, which was pulled down shortly after I found it early this morning, extolled Bowen's many virtues (and included a link for donations):
Many words are used to describe him, but Acton Bowen's only passion has been to connect people with the one, true God. Once recognized as one of the nation's leading student pastors, God has clearly blessed Acton with the ability to reach today's high tech, attention-lacking culture.
God blessed Bowen with an Instagram account—also pulled down after I found it early this morning—which Bowen used to spread the word of God in a high-tech, attention-lapping way. The first thing anyone who was actually paying attention would notice about Bowen's Instagram account? Almost every picture was Bowen posing with a boy or boys who appeared to be over 12 and under 16 years of age. No girls. Only boys.
Sometimes whole van loads of 'em...
And check this one out...
Let's zoom in on Bowen's caption:
No sissy roller coasters because that boy is no sissy. But the creep standing next to him? He's not a sissy either—sissies are awesome—he's just another alleged child rapist that people trusted with their children because Jesus:
"This is certainly one of the more disturbing cases that we've investigated in quite some time,'' Rector said. "Mr. Bowen is in a highly-respected position of influence and he is trusted by many. We believe he betrayed that trust in the worst kind of way."
If kids got raped by clowns as often as they get raped by preachers it would be illegal to take your kids to the circus.