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Attorney Kevin Gough looks on as Stormy Adkins reads a prepared statement regarding her husband Ken Adkins’ arrest Friday.

Barely a month after making inflammatory comments about homosexuals following the terrorist massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, a local pastor is in jail for allegedly molesting a boy under 16 years old.

Ken Adkins, 65, is being held in the Glynn County Detention Center without bond on one count each of child molestation and aggravated child molestation, jail records show. The St. Simons Island resident turned himself in at about 9 a.m. Friday at the detention center, located off U.S. Highway 341, said Stacy Carson, special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Kingsland office.

He is being represented by attorney Kevin Gough, the former Brunswick Judicial Circuit Public Defender. Gough said the allegations stem from incidents that are alleged to have occurred in 2010. The alleged offenses are said to have occurred at Adkins’ Greater Church on Altama Ave. in Brunswick, as well as in a vehicle and various other places, Carson said. She would not reveal further information, citing the ongoing investigation.

The investigation originated with the Brunswick Police Department. The GBI took over the investigation at the request of Brunswick police and Jackie Johnson, District Attorney for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit Court, Carson said.

Gough said Friday that Adkins is innocent of the charges. “Mr. Adkins looks forward to his day in court and his good name being restored,” Gough said.

Adkins’ wife, Charlotte “Stormy” Adkins, held a press conference with Gough Friday at Gough’s law office at 904 G St. in Brunswick. She said she is standing by her husband and expects him to be cleared of the charges.

“We are confident that Kenneth Adkins will be found innocent of all charges, and we expect that the District Attorney and Georgia Bureau of Investigation will be as vocal in publicly clearing his good name at that time as they have been in besmirching his name around town and in the media over the past 24 hours,” Stormy Adkins said in a prepared statement.

Stormy Adkins indicated that both she and her husband are familiar with their accuser. She indicated the boy was in his teens when the alleged offenses occurred. In declaring her husband’s innocence, she expressed concern for the welfare of the alleged victim.

“While I am confident of my husband’s innocence, that the charges against him are false, and that he will ultimately be cleared of any wrongdoing, I share my husband’s concern for the alleged victim,” she said. “The young man was part of our teen ministry. Ken and I have treated him like family, as has our church.”

Following the June 12 mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 dead and dozens injured, Adkins released a tweet from his Twitter account that raised ire with its disparaging comments about gays. The tweet stated: “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.”

The comments drew immediate and widespread outrage. Adkins later tried to downplay the comments. Adkins said he was not referring to the shooting victims in Orlando, but to an ongoing argument in Jacksonville regarding an anti-discrimination law for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Adkins also operates a consulting and public relations firm, which created local controversy during the recent County Commission election. Adkins admitted in July to falsifying an endorsement by State Rep. Jeff Jones, R-St. Simons Island, of his client in the race, Peter Murphy. Murphy, who successfully defeated incumbent Dale Provenzano in the July 26 runoff, broke ties with Adkins after his comments about gays emerged in Jacksonville.

Adkins, a conservative political activist, was often seen in public wearing T-shirts proclaiming him a “Black Republican.” However, it is not likely he will be seen publicly anywhere in the Golden Isles for a week at least, Gough said. Bond hearings at the Glynn County Detention Center are typically held on Fridays, he said. The pressure law enforcement placed on Adkins to turn himself in Friday means there is a good chance that a judge won’t even consider setting bond for Adkins until at least next Friday, Sept. 2.

“I would say I’m somewhat disappointed,” Gough said. “I don’t think he’s going to get a preliminary hearing until next week.”

Reporter Larry Hobbs

writes about government, public safety and other local topics. Contact him at lhobbs@thebrunswicknews.com or at 265-8320, ext. 320.

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