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Pastor Who Said Pulse Victims Deserved To Die Found Guilty Of Molestation

Kenneth Adkins was found guilty on eight charges of child molestation.

A pastor who said the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting "got what they deserved" has been found guilty on eight molestation charges for a sexual relationship he had with a 15 year-old boy and girl from his church.

Kenneth Adkins, 57, was found guilty after just an hour of jury deliberation this Monday. According to Georgia's mandatory minimum sentencing laws, because Adkins has a prior record, he may never be a free man again.

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The accuser, described as a "specialist in the Army stationed at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas," recounted the years of abuse in which Adkins convinced the boy and his girlfriend, both a year under the age of consent in Georgia, to have sex together in front of him.

The young man said it happened so many times, he lost count, describing scenes of Adkins watching them have sex in his church office, at the beach and in the pastor's car. In exchange, the then 50-year-old man "provided [the boy] with money and support."

Five of the charges he’s guilty of relate to the female, who denied anything of the sort happened and lived with Adkins and his wife until about a month after Adkins’ arrest. Katie Gropper, the assistant district attorney who tried the case, said the woman was "still in his clutches."

Adkins' lawyer, Kevin Gough, smeared the accuser, suggesting he was motivated by money or a desire to punish the pastor for his anti-LGBT views, noting that the accuser had married a man just months before coming out against Adkins.

Following the shooting at Pulse, Adkins tweeted that he had "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!!"

Unsurprisingly, the homophobic pastor is also transphobic, a trait he proudly touted when he spoke out against Jacksonville's nondiscrimination ordinance while wearing a blonde wig.

"I am gonna 'pee' next to your woman in the women's bathroom and let's see how y'all feel," he wrote.

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“Quite frankly I’m surprised with the verdict,” Adkins said in a phone call from jail just two hours after the verdict was called, maintaining his innocence in spite of incriminating photos and text messages.

“Those were bad decisions,” he said of those messages. “I cannot justify any of that.”

Gough has since said that once Adkins is sentenced, he’ll file paperwork for a new trial.