Bond denied for Ladson pastor on latest rape charges

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Bond was denied for the second time in eight days for the former pastor of a Ladson church charged with rape and kidnapping cases in Dorchester County.

A bond court judge denied bond for 46-year-old Dale Richardson on Thursday afternoon. Richardson faced two more counts of criminal sexual conduct and two more counts of kidnapping Thursday from the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's officials say one of the new charges stems from an alleged sexual assault in Jan. 2010. In that case, authorities say Richardson kidnapped a woman and raped her in his vehicle in Jedburg.

The second case, according to authorities, happened in Aug. 2010. Investigators say Richardson allegedly kidnapped a woman and sexually assaulted her in a trailer on the property of his former church.

Richardson is being held in the Charleston County jail on more than $1 million bail stemming from charges filed by Summerville and North Charleston police on similar charges of kidnapping and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

Richardson was the pastor of Freedom Free Will Baptist Church. After learning of the allegations against Richardson, the congregation's State Executive Committee suspended his credentials pending the final outcome of the investigation.


  • Jan. 2010 - Kidnap and rape charge in Dorchester County
  • Aug. 2010 - Kidnap and rape charge in Dorchester County
  • Jun. 21, 2011 - Kidnap charge in Summerville
  • July 25, 2011 - Kidnap and rape charge in Summerville

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