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SC preacher charged with kidnapping, raping 3 women; 2 say they were assaulted behind church
LADSON, S.C. (AP) ' A South Carolina pastor has been charged with kidnapping and raping three women at gunpoint, including two who say they were assaulted in a trailer behind the church.
So far, members of the Freedom Free Will Baptist Church have not condemned Dale Richardson, who had been the pastor there for about the past year.
After he was first arrested last month, Richardson said in court that he has a spotless record and would mount a strong defense.
Virginia Davis who has attended for about a year, says Richardson is a sweet person who has always taught God's word.
The Rev. Dean Mandrell, who has been preaching at some of the church's three weekly services, says that the congregation has drawn closer and that nobody is condemning Richardson.