‘Death to gays’ pastor jailed for 35 years for child molestation
An extreme anti-gay pastor has been jailed for 35 years on child molestation charges.
Pastor Kenneth Adkins of Jacksonville, Florida, was a notorious and outspoken opponent of LGBT rights who refers to gay people as the “devil”.
Adkins celebrated the killing of 49 people in the Pulse gay bar shooting last year, tweeting: “I don’t see none of them as victims. I see them as getting what they deserve!”
Just months after his shocking Orlando comments, the pastor was arrested on a charge of aggravated child molestation.
His arrest came after a Brunswick Police Department probe focused on suspected molestation taking place in Adkins’ church.
He was found guilty earlier this month on a charge of eight counts of child molestation of a young boy and girl who attended his church and were part of his ‘mentoring’ scheme.
The court heard that Adkins encouraged the young teens to have sex in front of him so he could “judge” them, before joining in himself.
He also sent photographs of his penis to the young boy, according to reports.
Adkins was sentenced yesterday to life in prison, with a minimum of 35 years spent behind bars.
He was also jailed for 20 years on additional charges, all to run concurrently.
Due to the length of the sentence it is unlikely that Adkins, now 57, will ever step foot outside of prison in his lifetime.
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According to Georgia outlet Savannah Now, the pastor is a former drug addict who reinvented himself in Jacksonville when he opened up his public relations firm.
Adkins previously made headlines when he dressed as a woman to protest LGBT rights law.
He insisted at the time: “I am gonna ‘pee’ next to your women in the women’s bathroom and let’s see how yall feel.”
Adkins also claimed that homosexuals had tricked black people into supporting anti-discrimination protections, writing: “Black Democrats have very quiet about this issue because the Homosexuals have fooled them into thinking that Black Lives Matter.
“Trust me, they ain’t Marching for Black folks. I Got a Message for the Homosexuals: You Can Still Go To Hell!”