Former pastor accused of rapes to be tried in Dorchester Co.

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A former pastor charged with kidnapping and rape won't be prosecuted by Charleston County.

According to the county's website, Dorchester County will now handle charges against 47-year-old Summerville native Dale Richardson.

Richardson is accused of kidnapping four women and raping three of them.

Investigators say Richardson offered the victims rides then kidnapped them at gunpoint before raping them.

Deputies say two of the sexual assaults happened on the grounds of Richardson's former church, Freedom Free Will Baptist Church.

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