A Brunswick, GA pastor has been found guilty on eight charges of child molestation.
56 year-old Kenneth Adkins who said victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre “got what they deserved,” was convicted of two counts of aggravated child molestation, five counts of child molestation, and one count of enticing a child.
A jury of three men and nine women found Kenneth Adkins guilty on all eight charges in the sexual molestation of a teenage girl and boy at his church seven years ago. It took the jury only about an hour to deliberate.
Adkins has a history of homophobia and has made his anti-gay very public, going so far as to fight against expanding non-discriminatory protections on LGBT community in Jacksonville, FL.
via Savannah Now:
Adkins showed no emotion as the jury provided the verdict. He will be sentenced April 25. The four-times married man with 10 children had no family present for the verdict nor any day of the week-long trial. Georgia has strict mandatory minimum sentencing laws and because Adkins has a prior record, there’s a possibility he will never be a free man.
Adkins’ attorney said once his client is sentenced, he’ll file the paperwork for a new trial. Kevin Gough maintains the state deliberately withheld pertinent evidence that could have drawn into question the mental stability of Adkins’ accuser.
He was convicted of grooming two teens — youths he was supposed to me mentoring — 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. Last week the jury saw two photographs of Adkins’ penis that he sent his male accuser in 2014. And they saw several electronic messages sent between Adkins and the female.
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.
Much of the trial involved conflicting statements leaving many who sat in the courtroom each day to be astonished that the verdict didn’t come back as a hung jury.