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Ralph Stair, Colleton County preacher accused of sexual assault, released from jail

Ralph Stair in bond court (WCIV)

A Colleton County preacher accused of preying on his parishioners has been released from jail, and will be allowed to return to the compound where the alleged sexual assaults happened.

Ralph G. Stair, 84, the leader of Colleton County-based Overcomer Ministry is accused of sexual assault, kidnapping, and more.

During bond court Wednesday, Circuit Court Judge Perry Buckner set Stair’s bond at $750,000, and ruled if he is able to come up with 10 percent of it, $75,000, he will be able to return to his commune-style ministry, the same place Stair is accused of committing sexual assault.

Stair was released from jail Thursday.

Stair had his head down or looked straight at the judge during his hearing Wednesday.

One of the victims addressed the court saying she did not want Stair to be allowed back to Overcomer, because Stair has control over the residents and they may not speak up.

Additionally, two other victims handed over notes to the judge, Brown said.

Colleton County Sheriff's Office deputies along with SLED arrested Stair after serving warrants on eight charges on December 18, 2017 which are as follows:

  • 3 counts - 1st degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC)
  • 1 count - Assault with intent to commit 1st degree criminal sexual conduct
  • 1 count – 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor
  • 1 count - Kidnapping
  • 1 count - 1st degree burglary
  • 1 count – 2nd degree assault

Stair's attorney, Scott Lee, waived his initial bond hearing on December 18, 2017.

Stair is an end times evangelist, prophesying the imminent return of Jesus Christ. He founded and leads Overcomer Ministry, which is located in the Canadys community near the Colleton-Dorchester county line.

Stair is still in jail, as of 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.

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