Officials: Pastor accused in 3 rapes never attended university

LADSON, SC (WCSC) - The registrar at Liberty University in Virginia says a Ladson pastor charged with kidnapping and raping three women at gunpoint never attended the university.

Dale Richardson, who had served as pastor at Freedom Free Will Baptist Church in Ladson is in jail on the charges. The church Web site lists Richardson as a graduate of Liberty in Lynchburg, Va., the college founded by preacher Jerry Falwell.

But Larry Shackleton, a vice president and the registrar at the university, said Monday the 46-year-old Richardson never earned a degree or even attended a class at Liberty. The website says Richardson became pastor of the Ladson church in June of last year. He was arrested last month.

Meanwhile, a congregation in Ladson is standing behind its pastor. Richardson is facing multiple charges and is behind bars in Charleston County, but the Freedom Freewill Baptist Church is not condemning him.

Another pastor at the church says the congregation has drawn together and nobody is blaming him. Richardson has been preaching at the church for about a year.


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