Gay-hating pastor found guilty of child molestation.
The tables have really turned on this one.
A pastor who was publicly outspoken against homosexuals after the Pulse nightclub massacre has been ousted as a child abuser.
Pastor Ken Adkins was arrested on eight counts of child molestation and is due to be sentenced later this month after being found guilty by a jury.
The church leader hit headlines after he tweeted anti-LGBT sentiments after the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando in 2016 killed 49 people.
Adkins was well known in his religious circle, and had congregations in Atlanta, Jacksonville, and Brunswick, Georgia.
He was outspoken against gay and lesbians, despite claiming to be from a religion which practices ‘peace and love’.
“…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!!”
Before his arrest, Adkins thought himself as something of a pillar in the community. His own Twitter bio describes him as “one of the most Respected Black Conservative Voices in America.”
But despite being hailed by some as a moral pillar, he let his unsavory opinions towards homosexuals get him into trouble.
He tweeted other hateful messages such as:
“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.”
“It is a shame that Jax Gays are trying to use the Orlando Massacre as Blackmail to force the City to pass The HRO! Shame, Shame, Shame!”
Adkins, who is 57 now faces the rest of his life in jail after a jury found him guilty of eight separate counts of child molestation.
The charges brought against him relate to relationships he had with a teenage boy and a teenage girl seven years ago.
He was arrested after the boy approached police to tell them about the underage sex Adkins had had with him an his girlfriend when they were members of Adkins’ congregation.
They boy said that he had offered his girlfriend to Adkins when the victim was 15 and Adkins was 50.
Adkins’ lawyer used the defense that the sex had been consensual and therefore, not a crime – despite the children being under the legal age of consent. Because Adkins had been in a position of trust, his relations with the children were perceived by the jury as grooming.
When asked about his crimes, Adkins had said:
“Those were bad decisions. I cannot justify any of that.”