Kenneth Adkins made national headlines in June when he said that gay victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando were "getting what they deserve," and now the pastor is again making news --- this time for his own arrest for molesting a young boy.
The 56-year-old turned himself in to local officials on Friday for a charge of aggravated child molestation and child molestation in connection to allegations from a boy who belongs to his church, Jacksonville.com reported.
The allegations include several instances of Adkins molesting the boy, including inside the pastor's church and in the victim's home, said Stacy Carson, a special agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The incidents reportedly took place in 2010 and involved a child younger than 16.
After the child abuse accusations were made public, Kenneth Adkins reportedly asked to be placed on unpaid leave from The Greater Church Brunswick, but his family members are vigorously denying the allegations. His wife, Charlotte Stormy Adkins, said that they are confident that Kenneth will be found innocent.
She added that the alleged victim was a boy involved in the church's teenage outreach ministry.
"This young man was part of our teen ministry," she said. "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."