Etowah County authorities have charged a prominent youth evangelist with seven sexual offenses in his home county, and more charges are expected, according to Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin.

Paul Edmond Acton Bowen, 37, of Southside, was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree sodomy and two counts of enticing a child for immoral purposes, all felonies, and three counts of second-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor, Investigator Brandi Fuller said.

These charges come after Bowen was arrested last week on similar charges brought by Hoover police. In that case, he was charged with second-degree sodomy, second-degree sexual abuse and enticing a child to enter a vehicle for the purpose of committing sodomy.

Bowen allegedly sexually abused four juveniles between the ages of 12 and 17 over a period of many years, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. Several of the victims are adults who are just now reporting these crimes.

“A priority of this sheriff’s office is to always protect those who cannot protect themselves,” Entrekin said. “This investigation is very active and ongoing. Additional charges are to be expected.”

Bowen is the founder of Acton Bowen Outreach, a ministry that has shut down its internet presence after the Hoover charges became public. He was a frequent speaker at Christian youth programs across the country.

He was booked into the Etowah County Detention Center on a $500,000 cash bond. Should he be released on bond, he is to have no contact with the victims, no unsupervised contact with anyone under 18 years old, must surrender his passport and will be supervised by Etowah County Community Corrections.

The sheriff’s office thanked the Hoover Police Department, Shelby County Department of Human Resources, James M. Barrie Center for Children, FBI and the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force for their assistance.

Anyone with additional information concerning the case is asked to contact Fuller at 256-546-2825.