Famed Alabama televangelist Paul Acton Bowen pleaded guilty to 28 charges of raping and sexually assaulting multiple children between the ages of 12 and 16, AL.com reported Monday.
Bowen, the founder of Acton Bowen Outreach Ministries, was charged in both Jefferson County and Etowah counties and was facing a myriad of criminal charges, including enticing a child for sexual act, sodomy, traveling to meet a child for sexual act and sexual abuse involving several victims between the ages of 13 and 16, including six boys between the ages of 12 and 16 — most contacted through his ministry to young people.
At least two of the victims said Bowen offered them hundreds of dollars to perform sexual acts.
Before being arrested, Bowen was a wildly popular youth evangelist and 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.”
He was also a regular guest on Fox News, where he often praised President Donald Trump.
Two of the counts bring a maximum sentence of 99 years in prison. Sentencing is expected sometime next month, with Bowen facing a possible life sentence.
BREAKING: Former youth evangelist Acton Bowen just pleaded guilty to all child sex abuse charges in Etowah County. Will be sentenced at a later date. He also faces charges in Jefferson County and Bay County, Florida. pic.twitter.com/jpk4EGyzJ3
— Sarah Killian (@SarahWVTM13) December 2, 2019