Christian Radio Evangelist Arrested For Criminal Sexual Conduct, Kidnapping, Burglary And Assault
December 25, 2017
Ralph Gordon Stair – child rapist, kidnapper and buglar
A 16-year-old teen is being hailed as brave after detailing her account of being raped by a South Carolina religious leader, leading to other women coming forward and him being arrested.
Natosha Lehr described in a since-deleted, heartbreaking YouTube video about she was being forced to attend the church of Pastor Ralph Gordon Stair.
She claimed was sexually assaulted by Stair while working at his compound for five months.
Stair, also known as Brother RG Stair, was arrested by Colleton County sheriff’s deputies on Monday morning on charges including criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, burglary and assault, reported The Post and Courier.
Stair, a radio evangelist who leads the Overcomer Ministry in Walterboro, has gained notoriety for his preachings, which are broadcast to radio stations around the world.
Natosha Lehr, 16, described in a YouTube video how she was assaulted numerous times by Pastor Ralph Gordon Stair, 84 , who runs the Overcomer Ministry in Walterboro, South Carolina. Stair was arrested on Monday on charges including criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, burglary and assault
Several women have since accused Stair of sexual assault. In one YouTube video, Stair cups and pats the breast of a 12-year-old girl as members of his church watched
Several women have since accused Stair of sexual assault. In one YouTube video, Stair cups and pats the breast of a 12-year-old girl as members of his church watched.
Stair’s commune sits on 130 acres of land about two miles off of Interstate-95. About 70 residents live in mobile homes or hand-built houses secluded from the road by a line of trees.
The followers give all ‘worldly goods and monies to the Lord,’ according to the ministry’s website, and accept Stair as the ‘last day prophet of God’.
Police began investigating multiple videos posted online in October that are no longer available.
The clips showed Stair inappropriately touching underage girls at his church such as in one where he cups and pats the breast of a 12-year-old girl as members of his church watched.
‘How old are you, hon?’ Stair asks the girl in the video.
When she tells him her age, he adds: ‘Twelve, getting right close to it now’, indicating she is close to the age where she could start having sex.
According to a man narrating the video, who said he is a former member of the church, that age is 13, reported The Christian Post.
Stair, a radio evangelist whose preachings are broadcast around the world, would allegedly tell the girls he touched: ‘Don’t you wanna please God? This is God’s will. If you love God, you should do this’.
After Lehr uploaded her account, several other women came forward to accuse Stair of sexual assault including mother-and-daughter Pamela and Hannah Brown
Pamela, 44, said she was able to resist Stair’s advances until an April encounter when Stair pressured her into having sex on an outdoor path near the cafeteria. Meanwhile, Hannah, 19, said Stair groped her repeatedly over several years
In the other video, Lehr accused Stair of sexually assaulting her over the course of five months this year.
While Lehr accused the preacher of touching her butt, and lifting her shirt to touch her breasts, she said it wasn’t until the fifth month that Stair took his predatory behavior even further.
‘The fifth month, he asked me to go to the radio room and I didn’t want to go there. I did not,’ she says in the video.
Lehr says Stair began fondling her breast asking her: ‘Do you feel good?’ and then began rubbing her vagina.
The teen told her mother about the incidents but the alleged sexual assaults continued. Lehr confided in her 21-year-old sister, who lives out of state and encouraged her to contact authorities, reported The Post and Courier.
Lehr has since moved to Pennsylvania with relatives and said she was happy to hear about the arrest.
‘Everybody’s happy now,’ she told the newspaper. ‘I hope the whole compound actually shuts down.’
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