Anti-Gay Pastor Found Guilty Of Child Molestation
Last June, Georgia pastor Kenneth Adkins obliged headlines when he tweeted that homosexual people who died in the Orlando, Florida, nightclub filming got what they deserved .
He obliged headlines of a different sorting on Monday when he was found guilty of sexually accosting a teenage girl and boy.
A jury of three men as well as nine ladies deliberated for about two hours before discovering the 57 -year-old pastor guilty ofthree charges of child molestation, three charges of aggravated babe molestation, and two charges of seducing small children for indecent purposes, according to FirstCoastNews.com.
Adkins did not react as the verdict was being read aloud in the Glynn County courtroom. He did not testify on his own behalfduring the trial, according to ActionNewsJax.com.
Before the clergyman moved himself in last August, he had led congregations in Atlanta and Brunswick, Georgia, as well as in Jacksonville, Florida.
He was primarily booked on one charge of child molestation and one charge of aggravated babe molestation.At the time of his arrest, Adkinslawyer Kenneth Gough told WJCT that those incidentsdated back to 2010.
Warrants say that these events took place in 2010 and thats a very long time, Gough said.We dont know why theyre coming up now.
Additional charges were filed after the initial seizure, and Adkins has been held without bail since then.
Adkins is scheduled forsentencing on April 25, according to News4Jax. He faces up to life in prison.
I know he was back there praying, Gough told the station. We were frustrated with the verdict, but we respect it. Its part of our jury method, but we will be filing a notice of plea, obviously.
Adkins garnered tending two days after the Orlando filming when he communicated a tweet that read, Been through so much with these Jacksonville homosexuals that I dont understand nothing of them as scapegoats. I understand them as coming what they deserve !!
He told The Florida Times-Union that the tweet had nothing to do with the 49 parties just massacred in Orlando and was only a reference to the debate over expanding Jacksonvilles anti-discrimination defences to LGBTQ parties.( He opposed that, very .) But the tweet, which had now been been obligated private, followed a fibre of other tweets about the shooting.