Anti-Gay Pastor Found Guilty Of Child Molestation
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 9:10
Adkins was convicted of encouraging two teens he was mentoring to have sexual intercourse in front of him so he could judge if they were doing it properly.
The charges stem from allegations made by a male former member of Adkins' congregation.
Jurors on Monday found Kenneth Adkins guilty of three charges of child molestation, three charges of aggravated child molestation and two charges of enticing a child for indecent purposes.
Adkins, a drug addict who later established and operated churches in Georgia and Florida, has a prior arrest record and will likely serve decades in prison, if not his whole life.
A defense attorney for Adkins, Kevin Gough, said he would seek a new trial, arguing that prosecutors withheld key evidence. Adkins' church, the Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship, has locations in Brunswick, Jacksonville and Atlanta.
The victim, who is not being named, said that Adkins had become a "father figure" to him after his grandfather died, but that the relationship turned sexual in 2010.
In recent years, Adkins has helped lead a fight against expanding Jacksonville's anti-discrimination law to protect LGBT people.
He later tweeted: 'been through so much with these Jacksonville homosexuals that I don't see none of them as victims.
The female victim reportedly took the stand as well, but denied that anything improper had happened.
Jurors only took about an hour to convict Adkins, who before being arrested a year ago was known locally for making inflammatory statements.
Assistant District Attorney Katie Gropper contended that Adkins was a predator who took advantage of a vulnerable minor. At one point during the battle, he dressed in drag and made threats on Facebook, saying, "I am gonna "pee" next to your women in the women's bathroom and let's see how y'all feel".
After 49 people were killed and dozens more wounded at an Orlando gay club shooting last June, he said that he had "been through so much with these Jacksonville homosexuals that I don't see none of them as victims".
"Those were bad decisions", he said of those messages.