The wife of Alabama evangelist Acton Bowen has filed for a divorce after her husband was arrested last week and charged with sex crimes involving a minor. Meanwhile, two board members have resigned from the ministry Bowen founded.
Citing court records made public last Friday, local news outlets report that 29-year-old Ashley Nabors Bowen filed for divorce from her 37-year-old husband in Etowah County court.
The couple had been married since 2017 and lived together up until the evangelist was arrested last Wednesday on charges of second-degree sodomy, enticing a child to enter a vehicle or house for immoral purposes, and second-degree sex abuse.
Bowen, the founder of Acton Bowen Outreach Ministries, is accused of engaging in sexual activity with a young male that police say is between the ages of 12 and 16, and a family acquaintance.
According to a local ABC affiliate, Ashley Bowen claimed in her divorce filing that she feared for her safety.
On Friday, a county judge granted her immediate temporary exclusive possession of the couple’s home. Additionally, the judge barred both the husband and wife from making any contact intended to harass or threaten the other.
The news station reports that Bowen was released on bond and that he has retained the same criminal defense lawyer who defended former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s son in a 2014 drug possession case — Richard Jaffe.
Bowen, who has denied the charges, is scheduled to have a court hearing on May 1. AL.com reports that court records indicate that Bowen engaged in sexual intercourse with the teen and enticed him to get into a 2010 Jeep Wrangler.
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Source: Christian Post