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      Ladson pastor facing charges from another accused rape, kidnapping

      Dale Richardson (File Photo)

      NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A Ladson pastor accused last week of kidnapping and raping a woman is now facing more charges for an incident of a very similar description.

      According to police reports and court documents, Dale Richardson followed the same pattern in two sexual assaults he's accused of committing. Police say one happened last Wednesday, the other nearly a year ago.

      Dale Richardson, the 46-year-old pastor at Freedom Will Baptist Church in Summerville, made a trip back to court Wednesday. Richardson was charged with kidnapping and for possession of a firearm during a violent crime. That crime he's accused of by investigators, sexually assaulting a 27-year-old woman on August 12, 2010.

      A victim's advocate spoke for the victim, who was not at Richardson's hearing.

      "I don't have an ounce of sympathy for this man."

      Police say, last August, Richardson picked up the victim in a white Cadillac at the Hess gas station on Ashley Phosphate road. From there reports say he drove to the area of Carolina Commerce Parkway, where the victim says he pulled a handgun, bound her wrists, covered her head and drove to an unknown home, where he raped her.

      "This incident happened about a year ago and to her it's like just yesterday," said the victim's advocate." "Her life has not been the same."

      Richardson is also accused of sexually assaulting a woman, one week ago, on July 27. In this case, police say, he also drove to the area of Carolina Commerce. He similarly tied her hands and blindfolded her and allegedly raped the 20-year-old victim in an abandoned home.

      Last week, Richardson claimed he had nothing to hide.

      "My record is spotless and I look forward to defending myself in this case," he said in a court appearance. "I've never been in trouble before."

      A warrant for sexual assault against Richardson, in Dorchester County, is pending for the July 27 case. He has not been charged for last year's assault. That investigation is still open.

      Richardson is behind bars on two counts of kidnapping and two counts of weapons charges. His bond has been set at more than $1 million.

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