The parents of one of Ralph Gordon Stair's victims — a Colleton County preacher accused of sexual assault — have been arrested, authorities said on Thursday.
The mother, Christyne Lehr, turned herself in to the Colleton County Sheriff's Office Tuesday morning and was charged with unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person, said Lt. Tyger Benton, a Sheriff's spokesman.
State Law Enforcement Division agents arrested by victim's father, Eric Lehr, Thursday morning, according to a statement by the agency.
Stair, the 84-year-old founder of Overcomer Ministry whose preaching was broadcast on radio networks worldwide, was arrested in December after women alleged a wide range of sexual misconduct, including groping and rape. Some were minors at the time.
The Post and Courier typically does not identify sexual assault victims or their immediate family members, but the victims in this case spoke out publicly in past interviews with the newspaper.
Natosha Lehr shared her story in December, saying Stair groped and fondled her when she attended church services and worked at Overcomer in 2017.
Lehr said Stair started paying extra attention to her when she was 13. After she turned 15, he would seek her out alone in the dining hall, where she said he repeatedly fondled her.
On one occasion, Lehr said Stair asked her to visit his radio room, where he groped her. When she turned to leave, Stair grabbed her from behind and continued to molest her, she said.
"When he was doing stuff like that, it felt like inside I wanted to run away but in reality I just kind of stood there because I never had anything happen like that before," she said. "It was just one of them moments where you just stay still like a brick."
According to an affidavit, authorities first interviewed the teen on Oct. 20, 2017.
"She was sexually assaulted during the month of August 2017 by Ralph Stair," the affidavit said. "The victim did report the assault to her mother ... (who) allegedly told the child victim not to worry about it."
The affidavit in Christyne's case describes her inaction.
When her daughter told her about the assault, Christyne told her that she would, "take care of it, and if (Stair) did anything wrong, then God will punish him," the affidavit said.
Eric learned about the assault in September and denied social workers and Dorchester County sheriff's deputies access to his daughter on Sept. 22, the affidavit said. The next day, Natosha's older sister took her from the home.
Eventually, she decided to come forward to law enforcement herself, the affidavit said.