For the past few decades, we've seen scandal his well-known "preachers" for a variety of crimes.
There were Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker who were indicted for some federal finance charges as well a going through a wild sex scandal.
Then there was Jimmy Swaggart about the same time who was defrocked after his own sex scandal involving prostitutes.
There was Teg Haggard who was fired for sexually immoral conduct after paying a gay escort for sexual favors and drugs, even though he said he bought the drugs to throw them away. PSHHH, yeah right!
Bishop Eddie Long was the pastor of a megachurch in Atlanta, Georgia enticed teenage males in his church to perform sexual acts with him in return for money and riches, all of which was money that he made from the church.
Creflo Dollar was arrested for choking his daughter after that, yet he's still preaching to the deceived.
Now, popular Alabama televangelist Acton Bowen was sentenced to 1,008 years in prison for 28 charges of raping and sexually assaulting children and ordered to pay $840,000 in fines.
You know what this means also, don't you? People in prison do not take kindly to those who have abused children, so this man is likely going to be killed while in prison.
According to AL.com,
Bowen, 39, entered guilty pleas earlier this month in Etowah County to 28 counts of sexual abuse involving six male victims between the ages of 13 and 16. The charges included enticing a child for a sexual act, sodomy, traveling to meet a child for a sexual act and sexual abuse.
Circuit Judge Debra Jones presided over the case after several Etowah County judges recused themselves. Bowen’s ex-wife is the daughter of an Etowah County judge.
Moments before being sentenced, Bowen, standing in shackles, looked out on a packed courtroom and apologized in a trembling voice, both to his own family and the victims, for years of sexual abuse. “The shame and guilt I feel is overwhelming and has been for a long time,” he said. “My heart was never wanting to hurt anybody but my mind was not well.”
Family members and victims wept as Jones slowly read out the maximum sentence and fine on every count. Each sentence is to run consecutively - rather than concurrent.