Georgia Anti-Gay Activist Pastor Accused of Child Molestation

Georgia Anti-Gay Activist Pastor Accused of Child Molestation

After the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June, Adkins tweeted about homosexuals, “I don’t see none of them as victims. I see them as getting what they deserve.”

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Ken Adkins was arrested Friday morning and charged with one count of aggravated child molestation and one count of child molestation, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reported.

Adkins, 56, who is pastor of the Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship, turned himself in at 9 a.m. at the Glynn County jail.

A GBI agent told News4Jax that several incidents of molestation were alleged to have occurred at the church, in a vehicle and at the victim’s residence.

The Brunswick Judicial Circuit asked the Brunswick police to assist in the investigation, which began Aug. 12 and is ongoing.

Adkins’ attorney, Kevin Gough, said the charges are over an alleged incident that happened six years ago and felt that the investigation and charges were rushed.

“He will ultimately be cleared of any wrongdoing,” Adkin’s wife and co-pastor, Charlotte Adkins, said. “I share my husband’s concern for the alleged victim,” who she said was a “deeply troubled” young man who was part of the church’s teen ministry.

Mrs. Adkins said she hopes that the authorities will be as vocal in cleaning her husband’s name as they were in announcing his arrest.

Gough said he was filing motions for bail, a preliminary hearing, to demand a speedy trial and to see the evidence.

“Mr. Adkins and I have conferred and he is innocent and he looks forward to being cleared of the charges against him,” Gough said. “He looks forward to his day in court.”

Ken Adkins has spoken publicly on Jacksonville political issues, including the city’s proposed human rights ordinance, transgender bathrooms and the city’s crime rate.

After the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June, Adkins tweeted about homosexuals, “I don’t see none of them as victims. I see them as getting what they deserve.”

When asked, Adkins said he wasn’t referring to the shooting victims, but “strictly meant for the Jacksonville group that has made my life a living hell” while he served on a discussion panel for the HRO.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, who asked Adkins to sit on the panel, released a statement he didn’t know anything about the allegation other than what was reported in the news, “but it sickens me.”

“If he is found to have done what he stands accused of, he deserves the fullest punishment the law allows,” Curry said.

According to criminal records, Adkins was arrested in 2003 for obtaining property in return for a worthless check, petit theft in 2002, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury in 2001 and multiple grand theft and fraud charges.

Source: news4jax.com By Heather Leigh – Reporter
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