Well-Known Evangelist and Youth Pastor Paul Acton Bowen Sentenced For Sexually Assaulting 6 Teens
Prominent Alabama youth evangelist Paul Edward Acton Bowen has been sentenced to over 1,000 years in prison after pleading guilty to several child sex charges related to the abuse of six teenage boys. Bowen pleaded guilty to 28 counts for the abuse of six boys who were between the ages of 13 and 16.
The charges against Bowen included sexual abuse, sodomy, enticing a child for sex, and traveling to meet a child for sexual abuse. Bowen also faces additional charges in the Birmingham region.
Bowen was arrested on these charges in 2019. Additional victims came forward after his arrest, according to the authorities. He originally pleaded not guilty by reason of a mental disorder.
He was a well-known evangelist who published several books, founded his own youth ministry, and traveled throughout the country as a speaker at religious youth events.
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Legal Recourse For Pastor Sex Abuse Victims and Their Families
Child sex abuse victims and their families have legal rights. Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com helps these victims and families stand up for their rights in civil lawsuits. Here is Brian with some general information on the legal rights of those who have been sexually abused by pastors and other religious leaders:
Pastors and other leaders in religious organizations are highly trusted by their followers and their communities. Unfortunately, sometimes sexual predators seek out these positions because they seek to exploit this trust in order to commit heinous sexual crimes against children. When children are sexually abused by religious leaders, it’s important that these victims and their families are aware of their legal rights.
Sex abuse victims and their families have rights in both criminal and civil courts. Reporting the abuse to law enforcement will result in a police investigation and possible prosecution of the offender. Additionally, there are many situations in which these victims and families may have grounds for a lawsuit against their abuser and possible negligent third parties – such as churches that fail to protect their followers from abuse.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual abuse by a religious leader, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our experienced sex abuse victims lawyers.
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