Pastor Ralph Gordon Stair, above, is being investigated for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl and touching the breast of a 12-year-old girl in his church while the congregation watched.
According to this report, South Carolina police said that video evidence had emerged of the radio evangelist’s behaviour.
Stair, 84, who leads the Overcomer Ministry community in Walterboro, pleaded guilty in 2004 of fondling two former female residents. Members of the community live, work and raise their children there. New members can only move there after they accept Stair as the “last day prophet,” take a vow of poverty and donate all their property and financial assets to the ministry.
In one of the controversial videos currently being investigated, Stair cups and pats the breast of a 12-year-old girl as members of his church watch. He says of her breasts:
I’m gonna touch those things till nobody else can touch ’em.
In another video, a 16-year-old girl named Natosha who claims she is being forced to attend his church, says she was sexually assaulted by Stair while working at his compound for five months.
I’m here to talk about an incident with a man named R G. Stair For five months, I went to work at the community. The first month, he would find me in the dining hall and touch my butt a lot. The second month, he would come in and he would start lifting up my shirt and touching me sexually. And the third and fourth month, he would just repeat himself.
It wasn’t until the fifth month she said, that Stair took his predatory behavior to another level. She alleged that the pastor fondled her breasts in the radio room and began rubbing her vagina.
Video also shows him rubbing a girl and saying, while making sucking sounds and smacking his lips:
You shouldn’t mess with a woman’s breast. Why not? I love them.
We were shown the videos. The sheriff is aware of them. He looked at them, got in contact with our investigations department, had them start looking into it and at this point, SLED, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, has been notified which is gonna be working alongside us with that. Right now, it’s just an investigation phase. No charges have been brought up, no warrants and so forth.
When asked if the police had contacted Stairs, he said:
I don’t feel we need to contact him at this point as we’re just looking into it. I’m sure that once … if we find something that we need to go forward with then yes, he would probably be contacted at that point.
He further noted that he was not able to say if any of the girls or parents of any of the girls have come forward to make a charge against Stair.
The former member narrating one of the videos describes the church community as a “cult” that preys on young girls.
Ralph Gordon Stairs’ MO is to prep young girls’ minds to accept what is eventually to become a sexual assault. He uses his influence, his position and spiritual power to control them. It’s only within the last six months that he’s beginning to do it publicly … He has a history of assaulting young women, and has already pled guilty to similar crimes in the past. He’s a master manipulator and although he calls it a church, as a former member, let me assure you, it is a cult.