Youth minister arrested in Hoover on molestation charges

Paul Edward Bowen (Jefferson County Jail)

Hoover Police arrested a youth minister on molestation charges Tuesday.

Paul Edward Acton Bowen, 37, is charged with Sodomy 2nd degree, Enticing a child to enter a vehicle, house, etc., for immoral purposes, an sexual abuse 2nd degree.

Bowen is the founder of Acton Bowen Outreach Ministries.

The investigation into Bowen begam three weeks ago, with formal arrest warrants being obtained Monday from the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

Bowen was arrested in Pelham and taken to the Hoover City Jail. He will be transferred to the Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham.

He's being held on bonds totaling $90,300.

The victim in this case is an underage family acquaintance and is currently doing well and has been in a safe environment since police were first notified.

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