Pastor accused of kidnapping, raping women appears in court

LADSON, SC (WCSC) - A 46-year-old Ladson pastor charged with kidnapping and raping three women at gunpoint had a preliminary hearing last week in Dorchester County.

In court Friday, Dale Richardson faced one count of kidnapping and first degree criminal conduct. A judge decided that the case will go to trial. According to the solicitor's office, the case will eventually go to the grand jury.

Investigators say Richardson offered the victims rides, then kidnapped them at gunpoint and raped them. Deputies say two of the sexual assaults happened on the grounds of Richardson's former church.

Charleston attorney Andy Savage is set to represent Richardson.

During his initial bond hearing when he was first arrested, Richardson said he has a spotless record and will put up a strong defense.


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