HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - Hoover Police say they got disturbing information about evangelist Acton Bowen about three weeks ago. That's when they started their investigation.
Bowen is described by authorities as a popular youth minister. He has an outreach ministry and is a book author.
He lives in Southside in Etowah County. Bowen was arrested in Pelham at a local business after authorities obtained a warrant for his arrest.
Bowen is charged with second-degree sodomy, enticing a child, and sexual abuse.
Officers say their big break in the case came when the young victim came forward.
"We are very proud of this young man for being brave enough to come forward. He obviously trusted his family to come forward and confide in them. The information he had. We are proud of him," said Hoover Police Capt. Greg Rector.
This is an ongoing investigation. "We don't know if there are other victims, but generally when you have these types of cases, there are concerns of other victims," said Rector.
Bowen released the following statement after his arrest:
Anyone with more information on Bowen and possibly other victims is encouraged to contact the Hoover Police Dept.