Kenneth Adkins a pastor who said the victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre got ‘what they deserved’ has been arrested for allegedly molesting a child.
Bishop Kenneth Adkins was arrested in Brunswick, Georgia, on Friday, following claims he abused a boy under the age of 16.
The 56-year-old clergyman, who doubles as a political consultant, is believed to have mentored the alleged victim, who is also part of the teen ministry.
He has denied the charges and his lawyers have said he is looking forward to his day in court.
The incidents are believed to have occurred in 2010.
Charlotte Adkins said she and her husband, despite the allegations, share a concern for the mental health of the accuser.
She told the 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 from The Greater Church Brunswick as he deals with the case.
His wife will serve as the acting pastor.