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by | 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.

comments » 17

  1. Comment by Bryan ingram

    October 5, 2017 at 9:29 am

    My mother goes there can’t get her to see the lies

  2. Comment by Thomas J BELFORD

    October 5, 2017 at 11:03 am

    I’m sure the system will cut another deal with him or the police won’t even take it seriously. He’ll be out to molest more children in no time at all. This guy is the Warren Jeff or David Koresh of Walterboro and he’ll be the legacy of your town if you allow him to keep molesting children.

  3. Comment by Sharon Grigg

    October 5, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    I pray not, Thomas, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all. What a shame.

  4. Comment by Thomas J BELFORD

    October 5, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Here’s the link to the video of the underage girl describing how she was fondled under her shirt by the Walterboro cult leader Ralph Gordon Stair before he touched her ****** and asked if she felt good…

  5. Comment by Thomas J BELFORD

    October 5, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    This is the second video showing how the Walterboro Cult’s leader Ralph Gordon Stair desensitizes both his congregation and his child victims to his molestation. Please note that the child at the end of this video is indicated by Ralph Stair as being under the age of 13 prior to him pointing out her breast and then “bouncing” her right breast with his right hand. After doing this he can be heard saying “I’m going to touch those things until nobody else can “.

  6. Comment by Thomas J BELFORD

    October 5, 2017 at 2:18 pm

  7. Comment by Jeanette mack

    October 6, 2017 at 2:02 am

    There is no right in this.he is raping these young girls mind

  8. Comment by Kris M

    October 6, 2017 at 8:16 am

    I suffered through a little bit of him preaching last night and heard him mention this comment section. And talk to the Ingram lady about her son saying she believes in lies. So if you have any messages for old Ralph this might be a good place to leave them.

  9. Comment by JesseBell

    October 6, 2017 at 10:01 am

    If you see him out and about call him “Ralph” and tell him to go to ****. He likes that.

  10. Comment by Chelsey

    October 6, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    This video is edited. How are you going to reference his comment when the original footage is at the end of the video with no such comment. Terrible, inappropriate situation. But adding lies is just going to hurt your case. This isn’t even legally admissible. That comment was edited in on top of the video footage. Anyone with any videography knowledge can see that.

  11. Comment by Thomas J BELFORD

    October 6, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Actually this video was edited and created specifically to get the attention of people like you who will make excuses for this child molester. It was never meant to be admissible as evidence in anyvway. All of the original videos from the Walterboro Cult’s youtube channel were deleted after it was made known that someone had reported them to law enforcement but they had already been downloaded. The original video where he fondles the twelve year old childs breast was included so people could see that although the video had been edited everything shown did in fact happen. After playing with the childs breast she walks back to sit down, he turns and walks back to the front of the church and says “I’m going to touch those things until nobody else can touch them.”

  12. Comment by Thomas J BELFORD

    October 6, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    As this child walks back to her seat the first time.
    Ralph Stair: ” How old are you hun?”
    Child: “12.”
    Ralph Stair: “Twelve. Geting right close to it now. (Short pause) It’d be nice if i cpuld spare her. It’d be nice if i could spare her from some of the things that are gonna come when she turns thirteen. She’s already influenced by it. You don’t believe me? Come here hun. Come here. I’ll show you. Just look.” ( child walks back to him as commanded) “look it here.” (Turns child around and place finger between her breast to indicate to the audience that she has developed them). ” See what’s happening? You don’t see whats happening? She is being influenced… Yeah. Uh huh. Growing up”. (At this time Walterboro cult leader Ralph Stair reaches around with his right hand to fondle the 12 year old childs right breast.) “Now she can’t help that but, she don’t have to enhance them.” (Ralph laughs but then crosses his arms when he doesn’t get the reaction he hoped for.) ” You’re doing alright baby I..I’m going to stay on your case. Yes sir. I.. i’m going to touch those things til..til nobody else can touch them.”

  13. Comment by Kris M

    October 6, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    I actually watched it on the overcomer YouTube page before they deleted it before that video was even made and what Thomas said is absolutely how the original video went. And the actual video was reported before the edited video was even made.

  14. Comment by Lynn S

    October 7, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    The funny thing is that it is too late for him to delete the incriminating videos, they are safely downloaded and stored. HAHAHA!

  15. Comment by Wendy

    October 12, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    My mother lives there, I’ve spent time there as an adolescent and in my teens. I strongly disagree with what I perceive to be a doctrine anticipating death, destruction and the end of the world, teaching fear and alienating believers from those who love them. Regardless of my perception, I’ve met this preacher, I know the community to be peaceful, I think the lifestyle and beliefs are very old fashioned and I do not believe this preacher would ever inappropriately touch a child. I say this even though I miss my mom and never see her, I wish she was home but I know she is safe there as are all who live there.
    Define “Cult”? If it is in reference to control through fear then sure, the people there love the same God they fear may send them to **** and the preacher there has a talent for teaching submission and inciting fear. Fear for **** if all is not believed including the perception that all of the horrible things going on in this world are because the world is about to end and only a select few will be spared from ****. This teaching is condemning to nearly 100% of all who hear it and some may view this preacher as manipulating and controlling. Some may be angry because they miss their families. Regardless of all, I do not think this preacher would touch a child. Im leaning towards assuming a false accusation was made to get custody of a minor child, if I’m wrong I will be quite surprised.

  16. Comment by Lynn S

    October 12, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    This has to be the stupidest comment I have read in a while. Wendy look at the videos above before you start talking about stuff you know nothing about!

  17. Comment by Thomas J BELFORD

    October 13, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Wendy if you haven’t watched the video then please do. If you have watched the video then i would call your judgement of what inappropriate touching is into question. Cupping a 12 year olds breast in your hand and afterwards saying,” I’m going to touch those things until no one else can touch them.” Is definitely inappropriate touching. I am appalled that you could watch a video of a 16 year old girl saying she was molested by a cult leader and say that you would be surprised if her accusation was true. People like you or what have enabled Ralph Stair to continue to sexually assault and rape women and young girls. What people need to realize is a lot of these young women and children have no choice about if they live there or not. They are isolated from their extended families by their parents at the instruction of Ralph Stair. They can’t leave. They are subjected to constant mental abuse which will eventually culminate into sexual assault. This is how he gauges if they will be receptive full-blown rape. Not receptive in a sense they willingly have *** with him but receptive in that they will not tell anyone.

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