A controversial pastor accused of molesting children is now facing many more charges.
“It’s not unusual, in cases like this, for additional charges to be added,” said Kevin Gough, attorney for Ken Adkins.
Adkins, 56, was arrested in August, accused of molesting a 16-year-old boy. That alleged abuse happened at Adkins' church office in Brunswick between 2009-2010. As of Monday, Adkins faces more charges.
“There’s really nothing new here, in this indictment,” said Gough.
The new indictment details many more accusations than were originally leveled at Adkins. It states that he enticed a teen boy and girl to have sex with each other while he watched.
Other parts of the indictment say Adkins engaged in sexual activity with both of the children himself.
The final count said Adkins tried to intimidate a witness to try and get one of the victims to stop cooperating with police.
“When you parse it up, the factual evidence that you have, or the allegations that you have, into multiple counts, you have the ability to come back with a much more severe sentence, if the defendant is convicted. By doing it this way, Mr. Adkins faces, potentially, sentences far in excess of his lifetime,” said Gough.
“Mr. Adkins is doing well. He’s in as good as spirit as you can be, when you’re housed in a detention center and have been for several months,” said Gough.
Gough tells Action News Jax he spoke to Adkins Monday afternoon and despite these new allegations, Adkins is ready for his day in court.
“He’s looking forward to his bond hearing, his second bond hearing, on Dec. 16,” said Gough.
Gough told Action News Jax they plan on filing for a speedy trial.
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