Acton Bowen pleads not guilty by reason of mental defect to child sex crime charges

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    Acton Bowen has pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental defect to multiple child sex crime charges.

    Bowen, a well known pastor and evangelist, is the founder of Acton Bowen Outreach Ministries. The Southside resident has served as a contributor on Fox News and has been reported to have served as a spiritual mentor to Hollywood celebrities including Justin Bieber. His defense attorneys admitted Tuesday that Bowen's career in ministry is likely over regardless of the verdict.

    A number of people in Alabama claim they were sexually abused by the well known Alabama pastor. The alleged victims claim the pastor sexually abused them for months or years in complaints which date back from 2006 to as recently as April.

    The case crossed state lines back in May when Bowen was charged with lewd or lascivious battery in Bay County, Florida.

    Bowen's trial is set to start in May 2019.

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