A black pastor has been found guilty of child molestation.
Liberals must be torn. Pastor Adkins made anti-queer remarks, which has probably cost him some of his black privilege.
Pastor Kenneth Adkins has a long rap sheet going back 30 years. There’s hardly a crime that this community leader hasn’t been charged with.
Last June, Georgia pastor Kenneth Adkins made headlines when he tweeted that gay people who died in the Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooting got what they deserved.
He made headlines of a different sort on Monday when he was found guilty of sexually molesting a teenage girl and boy.
A jury of three men and nine women deliberated for about two hours before finding the 57-year-old pastor guilty of three charges of child molestation, three charges of aggravated child molestation, and two charges of enticing a child 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 behalf during the trial, according to ActionNewsJax.com.
Before the clergyman turned himself in last August, he had led congregations in Atlanta and Brunswick, Georgia, as well as in Jacksonville, Florida.
He was originally booked on one charge of child molestation and one charge of aggravated child molestation. At the time of his arrest, Adkins’ lawyer Kenneth Gough told WJCT that those incidents dated back to 2010.
“Warrants say that these events took place in 2010 and that’s a long time,” Gough said. “We don’t know why they’re coming up now.”
Additional charges were filed after the initial arrest, and Adkins has been held without bail since then.
Picking up the story at Heavy:
Adkins’ first brush with national notoriety came shortly after the June 12, 2016 mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Forty-nine people died in that attack.
On his (now-private) Twitter account, Adkins responded with a series of tweets referencing the Orlando massacre. On June 13, he said (capitalization and other errors lifted from the original) “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.” Later that day, he tweeted a photograph of the White House (which then-President Obama ordered lit in the rainbow colors of the LGBT flag to honor the shooting victims) under the caption “Everybody flying Gay Colors; that’s Stupid. They ought to be Flying American Colors. THIS WAS AN ATTACK ON AMERICA!”
The next day, Adkins tweeted that he’d “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!!”
However, according to Jacksonville.com, Adkins later claimed (in an email sent to Lenny Curry, the mayor of Jacksonville, Florida) that his “what they deserve” comment was not a reference to Orlando, but “My tweet was strictly meant for the Jacksonville group that has made my life a living hell since I served on the panel and opposed the [human rights ordinance intended to prevent anti-gay discrimination in Jacksonville].”
Adkin’s profile on FloridaJustice.com suggests his criminal record is even older, starting in 1987 for a case of “felony theft forgery fraud” in Hillsborough County. That website also lists a 1988 charge for felony forgery, petit theft charges in 1990 and 1991, fugitive warrants in March and August of 1990 and again in June of 1991, and six “worthless check” charges between September 1992 and November 1993 (two of which were dropped and one dismissed). Over the course of a decade he also racked up various charges for driving on a suspended or revoked license, leaving the scene of an accident, and related matters. In total, FloridaJustice.com lists almost three dozen criminal charges from 1987 through 2010, with the parenthetical disclaimer that those were the public charges “which we could find.”
There’s a lot more dirt on the pastor at Heavy.