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:: July 31, 2002 ::
Self-proclaimed radio "prophet" jailed

Apparently Ralph R.G. Stair (69), a relentless radio religious broadcaster in Canadys, South Carolina, acted in bad faith. Stair leads about 100 people through what he calls the "Overcomer's Ministry." His followers often gave up all they owned to join the group, which has been called a "cult." But now Stair is in jail charged with sexual misconduct, breach of trust and unlawful burial.

According to former followers, instead of ministering to their spiritual needs, Stair chose to satisfy his own. He was arrested for exploiting his flock both financially and sexually. Women alleged Stair had sex with them against their will and detailed his sinful nature in open court. It appears that despite his public ministry, Stair failed to be an "overcomer" in his personal life.

It seems that "Brother Stair" was not content with sex on demand. He also allegedly bilked his disciples out of their hard-earned cash, property and even retirement funds. Some say Stair was little more than a thief, or as the bible says, a "wolf in sheep's clothing."

Stair is also charged with unlawfully burying a follower who died within his group compound. An autopsy concluded that the death was due to natural causes. But the deceased man's father said that his son's death might have been avoided with proper medical care. The remains of an infant have also been uncovered at the Stair compound.

12-15 Former members are now considering filing a civil lawsuit against Stair for various claims of personal injury.

Denied bail, Ralph Stair is now likely studying his bible behind bars.

[Posted by Rick Ross at 05:56 PM][Link]

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