Update | Arrest of Brother Ralph Stair confirmed on multiple charges | News | The Press and Standard

by | December 18, 2017 11:18 am

Stair during 2004 arrest and trial.

Colleton County Sheriff’s Office personnel arrived at the Overcomer Ministry at 12680 Augusta Highway early Monday morning to take Ralph G. Stair, the leader of the religious compound, into custody on eight criminal charges.
Lt. Tyger Benton, public information officer of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office said a large contingent of law enforcement officers arrived at the church compound Monday at approximately 7:30 a.m. to take Stair, 84, into custody.
The charges, all filed by the sheriff’s office investigators, include three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and single counts of assault with the intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, second-degree assault, first-degree burglary, and third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
Stair was transported to the Colleton County Detention Center on the charges and is expected to have a bond hearing Monday afternoon.
The sheriff’s office personnel arriving enmass at the compound were joined by agents of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security Investigations.
Thom Berry, public information officer for SLED, said the state agents and their federal counterparts were at the Overcomer Ministry armed with a search warrant for the compound.
Berry said the search was part of an active and on-going investigation and the investigation work by SLED is continuing. He explained, “We will go where it leads us.”
The Colleton County began an investigation of Stair in early October and a few days later, requested SLED’s assistance in that investigation.
The local investigation was started after the sheriff’s office learned of two videos that showed up on the You Tube website on Sept. 30.
One video focused on a young woman who alleged she was targeted by Stair’s sexual advances while she was at the 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.
Monday’s 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.

comments » 25

  1. Comment by Sydria

    December 18, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    This guy is a paedophile of the worst kind. He is using religion and God to assault girls then makes them feel guilty. He needs to be put away for good, because if he gets out he will do the same thing over and over again. He sees nothing wrong with what he is doing, thats how SICK he is.
    And how can the people of the so called church sit and watch him do those things??? They all are very sick people. There is no church or man of God in the world that would tolerate such behavior.

  2. Comment by Craig E Witt

    December 18, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    About time he meets Jesus and rectifies his wrongdoings.

  3. Comment by Marie Pignatarp

    December 18, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Book um Dano!

  4. Comment by Daniel Jackson

    December 18, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Claiming to be what he is, the last day prophet of God, if he were such then he would know he is expected not only of God but of men to be a devout and holy man, but I learned some years ago that this is not what he is. I have heard him use the scriptures to try and vindicate and excuse him self, but I believe this time he has dug him self deep and I have seen the video evidence and understand that people at his farm have more videos to come.

  5. Comment by Rick Ainsworth

    December 18, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    I hope you remember comrade, the last 2 democratic admins, have a raping president Klinton who was IMPEACHED, and the past 8 rs, a Vice President caught many times grouping women yet nothing happened to ole Joe B. Please let us know if your “glass house” is still standing. Remember, Brother Stair is an ENEMY of this world. Pray for Brother Stair.

  6. Comment by Science First

    December 19, 2017 at 2:20 am

    He won’t be fouling up shortwave radio with his bible thumping garbage anymore.

  7. Comment by Science First; Second and third too.

    December 19, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Incidents like this either prove the non-existence of a God, or prove that God’s moral compass is horribly distorted; I’ll follow the science and go with the former. Allowing a man to molest children under the umbrella of a “man of God” is completely unacceptable. Don’t give me this “God works in mysterious ways” or “God will be the judge” ****; our children need to be protected. I refuse to accept that a child should be put through that horror because God is testing them. And if you are going to take the road of “the Devil did that, not God”, well God was sure helpful in getting my mother-in-law’s mortgage reduced, and was front and center helping that reciever get a touchdown, but he was unable to help those poor children. You don’t get to give all the credit yet take no blame. Religion is a cancer on this earth, stifling productivity and spelling a sure end to mankind. Wake up, God doesn’t exist, and if he does he is the most evil and cruel being ever witnessed.

  8. Comment by Glenn Hauser

    December 19, 2017 at 10:44 am

    The 4:02 am comment attributed to Glenn Hauser is bogus. It should be removed. Someone is obviously playing around. I, the real Glenn Hauser, a journalist dealing with shortwave radio, have not made such a comment about this story.

  9. Comment by Daniel Jackson

    December 19, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Rick Ainsworth if you read the Bible closely you will note that Jesus told us that we were not to go out into the wilderness believing that He is there, since Christ works through all of His believers. Stair lived in a close community a farm complex, the very thing that Jesus told us not to do, nor to follow such people, since this is the first sign of a cult. Next I recall the last time Stair was arrested, just before that on the radio his congregations was declaring that Stair was the Son Of Man, and Stair was not rebuking them for it nor those calling in to declare that he was the Son Of Man. Also I have seen the video of him grabbing young girls breast. You can believe what you want but Stair is not a man of God, he lacks holiness and sacredness, nor does he seem to care about telling people about how Jesus can save them, instead he is all about rebuking everyone. He rebukes his own callers not just those who rebuke him but some who believe in him he rebukes when they do not quite say what he would have them programed to say.

    Luke 17:20-24

    20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

    22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. 23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. 24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.

    To act as if God is only working through some man somewhere is wrong, the Spirit of God inhabits all of His people. Furthermore we are not to up and leave and go out anywhere to follow anyone according to the word of Christ.

  10. Comment by Science First; Second and third too.

    December 19, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    If we are going to use the bible to guide us, then Stair has a pretty good defense, considering the Bible teaches us women need to keep quiet and do what they are told.

    1 Corinthians 14:34-35
    34 Let you women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. 35 And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.

    2 Timothy 2:11-13
    11 Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. 12 and I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.

    People, please stop using the Bible to guide your life, do what’s right because it’s the right thing to do, not because you are scared of the Dictator in the sky.

  11. Comment by Marcellus Right

    December 19, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Sounds like he is a Muslim in Christian coat 🙁 False prophet and all that 🙁

  12. Comment by Marcellus Right

    December 19, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Sounds like a Muslim in Christian garb

  13. Comment by Rick Martin

    December 19, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Science first – you are dead nuts, right on, especially with your first comment. Hopfully the people in South Carlina will wake up. It is not just Stair who is a lying hypocrit, it is all the rest of them too, including Roy Moore, Mike Pence, Trump, all those criminal preists who molested little kids by the thousands and got away with it, right up to multiple popes who tolerated, directed, and shielded the criminals. And are still doing it today (check out the Cardinal Pell story from Australia). I sincerely hope Stair gets 25 years and they throw away the key, the friggin slimeball – and I am being generous.

  14. Comment by Daniel Jackson

    December 19, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Matthew 24:23-28

    23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before.

    26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

    Here we can see from Jesus that the mistake people make is to believe that God is at work out somewhere someplace with only a certain man. To say that Jesus is only at work in RG Stair out there at his farm complex is the mistake that people make. I hope that those who understand will know that Jesus is not in this kind of thing that RG Stair had going on, Jesus will not go back on His own word. Furthermore Stair’s works of having molested his follows daughters and going after men’s wives does not make a man a holy man by any means, unfortunately the people at his farm as so brainwashed they accept him not matter what his works may be.

    Luke 17:23 adds to this by saying:

    23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them.

    Ok I believe I had more than my share of words here.

  15. Comment by Ash

    December 19, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Basically. Duh. Warren Jeffs. Its all the same thing

  16. Comment by Doubting Thomas

    December 20, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Is it really any surprise that a cult leader like Stair has been caught molesting young girls? Especially since he’s been arrested for it before? It always seems that the more religious and more “family values” someone is, the more likely they’ll get caught in a *** scandal.

  17. Comment by Doubting Thomas

    December 20, 2017 at 8:53 am

    And I hope we can now find something else to put on shortwave rather than Brother Stair on multiple frequencies 24 hours a day.

  18. Comment by Concerned Citizen

    December 21, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Stair is getting what he deserves. Now, reporters need to turn their attention to Pastor Charles Dowell of Lafayette TN. He runs the heavily armed Straitway commune outside of town. This man was a protégé of Stair who branched out to start his own cult. He is a serial physical abuser of children and animals and possibly a sexual predator who has a harem of wives that he basically treats like slaves. I grew up around these men and I can tell you they destroy lives.

  19. Comment by Paul

    December 23, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Alot of jumping to conclusions and rushing to judgement here. Let the facts and the evidence have their day. The courts will ultimately decide.

  20. Comment by Juan Omar Rios

    December 23, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    He who is free of sin cast the 1st stone. Have you kept the commandments today? Dont think so !!!

  21. Comment by Leslie Kendall

    December 24, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Brother Stair read my new book about the Truth of the last days and refused to teach the Truth. I warned him on Dec. 2, 2017 that he had failed the test. Do you believe in coincidences? God has dealt with him quickly.

  22. Comment by R. F, Burns

    December 27, 2017 at 3:53 am

    This is not the first time that this individual has been caught using the name of God to satisfy his perverted sexual urges. Hopefully it will be the last. I love it when these holier-than-thou types get caught with their pants down. May this reprobate rot in jail until he croaks. Then may he rot in **** for eternity.

  23. Comment by R. F. Burns

    December 27, 2017 at 3:54 am

    This is not the first time that this individual has been caught using the name of God to satisfy his perverted sexual urges. Hopefully it will be the last. I love it when these holier-than-thou types get caught with their pants down. May this reprobate rot in jail until he croaks. Then may he rot in **** for eternity.

  24. Comment by Joe Warren

    December 29, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Poor old Brother Stair has gone all Islamic on us.

  25. Comment by sister matthews

    December 31, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Gods done these things to Brother Stair, to get and prepare him, for what hes been ment to do, you point the finger at home, turn around and look at the child prtection, social workers, those celebraties, etc in power who are killing and molesting children pizza gate. humans make mistakes, youll never here a prophet like him anywhere, and they do know hes telling the truth. he sent us the funds as Jesus told him to send it. since 98, nobody else is like him, you messed up brother, youll come out trianphtly, a new person, dont give up, were praying for you. many charges he hadnt done, they twist it all up, remember david caresh, they blew his wifes head off, while holding her baby, his son they shot him all up his back, 15 year old boy. be strong brother theres be an whorish spirit going around, the farm again.there is no other preacher like him. be strong brother stair, its just not the same without you. children should be coverted too, not flimsy blouses, causes the men to lust. God bless you brother Stair. Maranatha


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