Acton Bowen was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Etowah County Jail in Alabama on new charges of sexual abuse, sodomy, and enticing a child.
The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office says the charges are based off the alleged sexual abuse of four juveniles between the ages of 12-17. Some of the allegations occurred a decade ago. Those alleged victims are now adults.
“Disappointed, some are angered, confused. Anytime you have a person who portrays themselve(s) to be of integrity, of character, of faith, and then to find out that it’s all a lie? It’s very disappointing,” said Etowah County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Natalie Barton.
Authorities in Etowah County say they were contacted by the alleged victims after news of Bowen’s initial arrest became public. Investigators raised the possibility Tuesday that the list of Bowen’s accusers could continue to grow.
“Absolutely. We do believe that there are more victims out there. Some of them may choose to come forward on their own,” said Barton.
Bowen was kept in a cell away from other inmates Tuesday as a precaution. The 37-year-old was booked on a $500,000 all-cash bond. Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin personally met with Bowen who surrendered peacefully to the sheriff at a mutually agreed on location Barton said.
Bowen’s attorneys dismissed the most recent allegations as unsubstantiated rumors and promised that Bowen would weather the storm.
Tuesday’s charges follow Bowen’s arrest last week in Hoover on charges of Sodomy 2nd degree, Enticing a child to enter a vehicle, house, etc., for immoral purposes, and sexual abuse 2nd degree. The victim in that case was an underage family acquaintance and is currently doing well and has been in a safe environment since police were first notified.
The bad news for Bowen continued last Friday when his wife, Ashley Nabors Bowen, filed for divorce and claimed that she feared for her safety. An Etowah County judge Friday granted her immediate temporary exclusive possession of their home in Southside while restraining him and her from any contact or behavior intended to harass, threaten or intimidate the other.
SOURCE: James Franklin & Stephen Quinn
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