BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A Georgia pastor accused of molesting a church member six years ago when the boy was 15 told News4Jax, "They are alleging things I could not have done; no possible way I could have done."
Kenneth Adkins, 56, has been in the Glynn County jail since his Aug. 26 arrest on a charge of aggravated child abuse.
Adkins said he was arrested two days after he voluntarily came to answer questions about the accusations against him and quickly realized he'd need to call an attorney.
He said the young man used to be a member of his church and they met in 2010 when the teenager attended a summit his church hosted.
"I think we may have baptized him in the church. I was at that church for two months before I left and started another ministry and he came over along with a group of a bunch of kids. We had hundreds and hundreds of kids and he's just one of the kids," Adkins said. "They're alleging I committed these things between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2010, and during that whole year really, he was just one of several kids. We were so busy that year. That was my first, starting the church."
Last week, a Glynn County magistrate judge on Friday found probable cause to order Adkins to stand trial in Superior Court on two counts of child molestation.
He remains in jail pending a bond hearing set for Sept. 23.
As pastor of the Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship in Brunswick, Adkins has drawn fire for his remarks about homosexuals.
In Georgia, aggravated child abuse is considered a capital crime. While the death penalty is not considered likely, Adkins could face up to life in prison if convicted.
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