Youth ministry founder arrested on molestation charges in Hoover

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Hoover Police arrested the founder of a youth ministry today on three charges related to sexual abuse of a minor, according to a release from the department. 

Detectives from the Hoover Police Special Victim’s Unit began investigating the case three weeks ago, according to the release. Formal arrest warrants were obtained on Monday from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

On Tuesday, the suspect, 37-year-old Paul Edward Acton Bowen, was arrested in Pelham and transported to the Hoover City Jail, where he is awaiting transfer to the Jefferson County Jail. Bowen is charged with Sodomy 2nd Degree, Enticing Child to Enter a Vehicle, House, etc For Immoral Purposes, and Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree. 

The release states that Bowen’s victim is an underage family acquaintance who is doing well that has been in a safe environment since police were called. By the definition of the charges, the reported victim is between 12 and 16 years old.

This is an ongoing investigation, and Hoover Police ask anyone with any information to call Special Victim’s Unit Detective Brandon Harris at (205) 444-7742.

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