A homophobic pastor who claimed victims of the Orlando nightclub attack got ‘what they deserved’ has been arrested on suspicion of child abuse.
Bishop Kenneth Adkins was arrested in Brunswick, Georgia, following claims he abused an underage boy, reports the Daily Mail.
It is believed the 56-year-old pastor, who also works as a political consultant, has been acting as a mentor to the alleged victim, who is part of the ministry.
However Adkins strenuously denies the charges and his lawyers have said he is ‘looking forward’ to his day in court.
Adkins hit headlines back in June, after the mass shooting at gay nightclub Pulse that left 49 people dead.
The pastor tweeted:
[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.
Wow. But this isn’t the only time Adkins has sparked controversy
According to the Florida Times Union, in 2010 he was – ironically – barred from using the term ‘child molester’ without proof and in 2012 he was ordered to stop using his social media accounts after he called a school board member ‘runaway slave.’
Adkins wife, Charlotte, said she and her husband are concerned for the mental health of the accuser.
She told the Florida Times Union:
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.
Adkins has asked to be placed on unpaid leave as he deals with the case, with his wife serving as acting pastor.