A Georgia pastor who slammed victims of the Orlando mass shooting, saying they “got what they deserved,” has been arrested on child molestation charges.
According to the Florida Time Union, Ken Adkins turned himself in to police at about 9 a.m. on Friday. Adkins, who is 56, is a known anti-LGBT crusader
According to prosecutors, the alleged abuse took place at Adkins’ church in Brunswick, as well as the pastor’s car and the victim’s home in 2010.
Despite the allegations, Adkins’ wife, Charlotte Adkins, said she and her husband, are concerned for the mental health of the accuser.
“This young man was part of our teen ministry,” she said. “Ken and I have treated him like family, as has our church. He is a deeply troubled young man, to be sure, but our thoughts and prayers remain with him even now.”
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Adkins is known in Jacksonville politics for helping lead the fight against expanding Jacksonville’s anti-discrimination law to cover lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
He warned that expanding the law could make it easier for sexual predators to assault victims in bathrooms.
After the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando this June, Adkins tweeted, “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.”
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