Ladson pastor's bail reaches $1 million

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Ladson church pastor accused of abducting and sexually assaulting a woman last week is now being charged in two similar cases that happened two months ago in Summerville and last year in North Charleston.

The North Charleston Police Department and the Summerville Police Department charged 46-year-old Dale Richardson with kidnapping/abduction and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Summerville police also charged Richardson with first-degree assault.

Richardson was back in bond court Wednesday where a bond court judge issued a $525,000 bond for the second Summerville incident. Another judge had already given Richardson a $520,000 last week for the first incident. His bond now totals $1,050,000.

A North Charleston police incident report states that Richardson, who is listed as the pastor of Freedom Free Will Baptist Church, picked up a woman at a Hess Gas station on Ashley Phosphate Road on Aug. 12, 2010. The victim told authorities that once she was inside the car, Richardson took out a gun.

The report goes on to say that the suspect bound the victim's wrists with tape, placed a cloth over her head and drove her to a mobile home where the suspect raped her in a bedroom. According to investigators, the suspect then drove her to a dirt road and told her not to look at him or he would kill her. The victim says the suspect then removed the hood and untaped the victim's wrists.

Meanwhile, a Summerville police incident report states that Richardson picked up a woman on June 21, drove her to a dirt road near The Lakes of Summerville subdivision and propositioned her for sex at gunpoint. The report also states that no rape actually occurred.

Richardson was charged last Thursday for another incident, where he is accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman in Summerville last Wednesday. In that case, Richardson is accused of picking up a 20-year-old woman.

The victim told police that Richardson tied her hands with tape and placed a pillow over her head. Police say Richardson then took her to a home where he allegedly sexually assaulted her.

A police report states that the suspect took the victim back to the vehicle and drove her to the end of Carolina Commerce Parkway, pointed a gun at her and told her to walk to the woods and not look back. The victim said the suspect then drove off and she ran for help.

Richardson was given a $525,000 bond in that case.

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