Ken Adkins, a pastor with congregations in Atlanta, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida, has been arrested on charges of child molestation. According to the charges, Adkins allegedly molested the victim in Adkins’ church, a vehicle and at the victim’s home in 2010.
Adkins came to national prominence when he tweeted after the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in June “been through so much with these Jacksonville homosexuals that I don’t see none of them as victims. I see them as getting what they deserve!!” and “Dear Gays, Go sit down somewhere. I know y’all want some special attention; yall are sinners who need Jesus. This was an attack on America.” (His twitter is now private.)
He later claimed the reference to “homosexuals… getting what they deserve” was unrelated to the shooting. Adkins claimed the line was about a Jacksonville group objecting to his opposition to expanding anti-discrimination laws to include LGBTQ people.
Adkins is also a proud Republican and worked with the party to reach out to Black voters.
The pastor turned himself in to the police on August 26. He was booked on one charge of child molestation, and one charge of aggravated child molestation. He is currently in the Glynn County Jail.
Kevin Gough, Adkins’ lawyer, accuses the charges of being politically motivated. Charlotte Adkins, the pastor’s wife claims the alleged victim was “deeply troubled”, and says her husband “will ultimately be cleared of any wrongdoing.”
Adkins’ first appearance in court was August 29th, and he is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on September 2; the alleged victim has been subpoenaed to appear at this hearing.
(Featured image via Glynn County Jail.)