A Georgia conservative pastor who came under fire after tweeting,”homosexuals got what they deserved” after the deadly mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Florida, was arrested Friday morning on charges of child molestation and aggravated child molestation.
At about 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Ken Adkins, 56, of St. Simons Island turned himself into police, according to officials with Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
“I know nothing more about the allegations than what has been 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,” said Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, according to Jacksonville.com.
That word ‘deserves’ just came right back to haunt the good pastor.
Stacy Carson, special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Kingsland office, said the investigation focused on suspected molestation in several locations in the Brunswick area including at Adkins’ church, a vehicle, and a victim’s home. The investigation is ongoing.
Adkins has one church with several locations, according to his website.
His wife, Charlotte “Stormy” Adkins, called the arrest “a rush to judgment by law enforcement.” She went on to say that the charges “are false and that he will ultimately be cleared of any wrongdoing.”
Mrs. Adkins said her husband “has asked to be placed on unpaid leave” from the Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship, and in his place, she had assumed the position of acting pastor.
Adkins launched a campaign against the LGBT community:
Adkins’ controversial campaign against the expansion of Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance to protect the LGBT community was waged mostly on social media. Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri, who led efforts to expand the HRO, said he nearly sued Adkins when the pastor created pornographic images using Hazouri’s image and posted them online.
“If he’s guilty of this, not just shame on him, not just being a hypocrite, but also doing stuff going against the grain about what he’s been preaching about,” Hazouri said in response to the charges.
Adkins compared gay people to the ‘devil’ on Twitter. His account has been made private but nothing is really deleted or kept private on social media.
— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) August 26, 2016
After the fatal shooting which left 49 clubgoers dead and 53 others wounded at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Adkins tweeted, “I don’t see none of them as victims. I see them as getting what they deserve!!”
We’re wondering if Adkins felt the same way about his alleged victims.
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