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Ex-Youth Pastor Paul ‘Acton’ Bowen’s 1,000-Year Sentence for Sex Crimes Stands

The Alabama Supreme Court has refused to review the case of a former youth pastor sentenced to more than 1,000 years in prison for sex crimes against young boys.

Paul Edward “Acton” Bowen is serving time in Kilby Correctional Facility where he was admitted in December 2019 after he entered guilty pleas in Etowah County to 28 counts of sexual abuse involving six male victims ages 13 to 16. His minimum release date is 2980.

Bowen asked for a review of his case, but the justices denied the request with no written opinion.

In addition to Etowah County, the fallen evangelist entered guilty pleas to additional charges in Jefferson County

Bowen pleaded guilty to traveling to meet a child for sexual purposes, second-degree sodomy, enticing a child for immoral purposes and second-degree sexual abuse. He was sentenced to 20 years on the first two charges, 10 years on third and a year on the fourth, all to run concurrently.

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