In news that should surprise nobody at this point, a vehemently antigay religious figure’s sexual skeletons have come tumbling out of the proverbial closet.
A jury took just one hour to find Georgia Pastor Kenneth Adkins, 56, guilty on eight charges of child molestation of a young boy and girl who belonged to his church.
Savannah Now reports that he was convicted of grooming the two youths, under the guise of mentorship, “to have sexual intercourse first in front of him so he could judge if they were doing it properly to eventually joining in on the acts himself.”
The jury was shown nude photos of Adkins that he’d sent to the male accuser, as well as a series of messages sent between the female and Adkins.
Of the eight charges, five pertain to the female who has denied any of the crimes took place. SN notes that she lived with Adkins and his wife as recently as a month after he was arrested.
“She’s in his clutches,” said Assistant District Attorney Katie Gropper. “What he has done to that girl is not only criminal, it is deplorable.”
The male told the jury last week that Adkins watched them have sex so many times that he lost track. He said the sex — in the presence of Adkins occurred in the church office, at the beach and in Adkins’ car. The male, according to testimony presented during the trial, initially told an Army investigator that his girlfriend was 16 and he was 15 when the activity first began. On the witness stand, the young man said his then-girlfriend was 15. Sixteen is the age of consent in Georgia.
Adkins made headlines following the Orlando massacre last June when he took to Twitter to blame the victims for their fates, writing:
Dear Gays: go sit down somewhere. I know y’all want some special attention; y’all are Sinners who need Jesus. This was an attack on America.
[I’ve] 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!!
In addition to fighting against Jacksonville’s nondiscrimination ordinance that would help protect LGBTQ people, Adkins made several other public comments about gay rights:
— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) August 26, 2016