Videos lead to investigation | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | October 5, 2017 5:00 am
Last Updated: October 4, 2017 at 12:57 pm
On the morning of Oct. 2, the investigations division of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office started an investigation of Ralph G. Stair, the 84-year-old leader of Overcomer Ministry.
An incident report among the sheriff’s office list of calls handled on Oct. 1 included the report of a 1:30 a.m. call to the sheriff’s office from an Ohio woman, who reportedly has a relative who is a member of Stair’s church in Colleton County.
The woman called to express her concern about a pair of videos that were put on the You Tube website on Sept. 30.
One video focused on a young woman who alleged she was targeted by Stair for sexual advances while she was at Stair’s Augusta Highway compound.
The second video, a collection of clips of Stair’s church services, allegedly showed him suggestively touching underage females during church services.
Several members of Colleton County Sheriffs Office, including Colleton County Sheriff Andy Strickland, viewed the videos shortly after they were posted.
What Strickland saw in the videos, said Lt. Tyger Benton, the public information officer for the sheriff’s office, has the sheriff “very concerned.”
Monday morning, Strickland met with the members of the Investigations Division concerning the video and assigned an investigator to look into the allegations suggested by the videos’ content.
The Monday morning incident report listed Stair as the suspect in the investigation.
The incident report provided no narrative, instead stating that the information was contained in a supplemental report. Supplemental reports are not public record and Benton said the supplemental report will not be released and he would not be offering any insight into what specifically the investigation will examine.
The allegations against Stair based on the video are not the first time he has been accused of inappropriate contact with an underage female.
Stair appeared in Colleton County General Sessions Court in November of 2004, approximately two years after being charged with improperly touching two of his young female church members.
In that court appearance, Stair, as part of a plea agreement, pled guilty to two reduced charges — assault and battery — and was given two 30-day jail terms with credit for time already spent in custody — credit that meant he spent no more time in jail.