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Authorities on Monday charged Stair with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, one count of kidnapping, one count of first-degree burglary, one count of second-degree assault and battery, and one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. One of his attorneys, Scott Lee, declined to comment about the case.
Affidavits detail allegations of sexual assault dating to 1992, and the documents corroborate the stories of four women who told The Post and Courier that Stair assaulted them.
One video showed Stair touching a 12-year-old girl’s breast during a worship service and subsequently saying, “I’m gonna touch them things till nobody else can touch them.” In the other video, a 16-year-old girl accused Stair of sexually assaulting her over the course of five months this year.
Agents from the State Law Enforcement Division, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security later joined in the probe as the list of potential victims grew, authorities said.
Hannah Brown, Pamela’s 19-year-old daughter, said she also was repeatedly groped by Stair over the course of three years, beginning in 2014 when she was 15.
Pamela Brown, who left Overcomer Ministry this summer, said she did so after Stair repeatedly groped her, exposed himself to her and, on one occasion, sexually assaulted her, threatening to evict her from the commune if she didn’t comply.
Stair eventually pleaded guilty to two lesser counts of misdemeanor assault and battery. Stair continued to proclaim his innocence after that case and even invited a Post and Courier reporter to tour the compound in 2007.
In recent months, however, he has resisted multiple attempts by the newspaper to discuss new allegations that have surfaced against him.“I have nothing to say,” Stair told a reporter when reached by phone in October.
File/Staff Stair’s life at Overcomer revolves around a radio operation he runs on the commune, which broadcasts to AM, FM, satellite and shortwave stations around the world, according to the ministry's website.
At any hour of the day, listeners can call a phone number to hear Stair’s preachings.
For more than three decades, people from across the country have flocked to Ralph Gordon Stair's secluded Christian commune near Walterboro to worship and live off the land.