A Georgia pastor who said victims of the gay club massacre in Orlando "got what they deserved" has been charged with molesting a young man in his church, the victim's home and across Brunswick where he lives.
Ken Adkins – pastor of the Greater Church with congregations in Brunswick, Jacksonville and Atlanta – surrendered to the Glynn County Sheriff's Office on Friday morning. He now faces two charges – aggravated child molestation and child molestation – for an alleged assault that apparently dates back to 2010, according to the Florida Times-Union.
One of the two charges against the 56-year-old is aggravated child molestation, said Stacy Carson, special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Kingsland office.
District Attorney Jackie Johnson asked the GBI on Aug. 12 to assist the Brunswick Police Department in an investigation of an accusation of child molestation against Adkins, Carson 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, Carson said. The investigation is ongoing.
On June 13 – a day after 49 people were killed in Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Adkins tweeted this: “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!!”
The screed was one of several anti-gay tweets from Adkins, who lives in Brunswick and operates a public relations firm in Jacksonville, Fla. Earlier this year, Adkins rallied opposition to a proposed LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance for the Florida city and helped derail it.
Adkins continued his anti-gay tweets throughout the summer.
Adkins' wife is taking over his duties at the church, according to the Florida Times-Union.
His wife, Charlotte Stormy Adkins, said she and the congregation support Adkins and are disappointed in the rush to judgment against him. She is confident he will be cleared of all charges but shares her husband’s concern for the young man who came forward with the allegations. She said he is a part of the church ministry and has been mentored by the couple. She also said while her husband takes leave, she will be interim pastor.
In 2012, a Glynn County magistrate ordered Adkins to stop calling a political campaign worked a "child molester" in social media posts, according to the Florida Times-Union.