Acton Bowen Facing Child Sex Charges In Florida

Youth evangelist Acton Bowen now faces child sex charges in Bay County, Florida, officials confirmed Friday night. 

Bay County, Florida, officials put a detainer on Bowen in the case he is able to make bond in Etowah County, where he has been held since his April 17 arrest on seven child sex charges. Authorities later added four more charges to Bowen. 

The Gadsden Times reported the Bay County Sheriff’s Office has a warrant for Bowen’s arrest for “lewd and lascivious battery of a child under 16,” which is defined as engaging in sexual activity with a child older than 12 but younger than 16 by Florida law.

The alleged crime that led to the charge was reported to Florida officials May 23. A warrant for Bowen’s arrest was issued May 24. Reports indicate the incident happened between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2016.

In early April, Hoover officials initially arrested Bowen charged him with child second-degree sodomy, enticing a child to enter a vehicle or house for immoral purposes and second-degree sex abuse. A Jefferson County grand jury, however, indicted him only on the felony charges of second-degree sodomy and enticing a child to enter a vehicle or house for immoral purposes.

Bowen is currently held in Etowah County Detention Center on a more than $1.06 million bond.

In Etowah County, he is charged with five counts of second-degree sodomy, two counts of enticing a child for immoral purpose and four counts of second-degree sexual abuse.


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