For once, a Christian criminal was punished in a way that’s appropriate for his actions.
The case involved Acton Bowen, an Alabama evangelist, author, and public speaker. For several years, he was the host of “xlroads TV,” which had an audience of millions and was broadcast in more than 150 countries. He also authored two children’s books, including Escape the Noise: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Students. On top of that, he was a chaplain during the Summer Olympic Games in London.
But in 2018, Bowen was arrested for the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old. Months later, we learned he was indicted for another felony with the same victim, this time for “traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act.” By 2019, however, even more of his crimes had been exposed and the numbers were horrifying across the board:
… because of Bowen’s history as a youth minister at one local church and his work with a youth group at another, local investigators reached out to possible victims.
Soon six young men came forward, disclosing abuse dating back to 2006, and continuing to the time of his arrest.
Bowen pleaded guilty to all charges against him — multiple counts of second-degree sodomy, enticing a child for sex, traveling to meet a child for sex, facilitating travel of a child for sex and second-degree sexual abuse.
All told, Bowen pleaded guilty to 28 different sexual offenses against children ages 12-16.
The total number of years behind bars for all of that? 1,008 years. (Not a typo.)
And now, this week, the Alabama Supreme Court refused to hear his plea for a second look at his case. (In earlier trials, Bowen had said he was sexually abused as a child and that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Both were possible mitigating circumstances that might have lessened his punishment, but judges weren’t swayed.)
Now the legal fight is over. Bowen won’t be released from prison until 2980 (also not a typo) at the earliest.
Bowen asked for a review of his case, but the justices denied the request with no written opinion.
Even God won’t save him now.
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