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Trial begins for former pastor accused of kidnapping, sexual assault

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Pastor Dale Richardson awaits a bond hearing in Summerville, S.C on August 18. Pastor Dale Richardson awaits a bond hearing in Summerville, S.C on August 18.
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Jury selection ended Tuesday morning in the trial of Dale Richardson, a former pastor at Freewill Baptist Church in Lincolnville. Attorneys will give opening statements after lunch.

Dale Richardson was arrested in August of 2011 on charges of kidnapping armed robbery and sexual assault involving different women.

Police say he would pick the women up, who are alleged to be prostitutes at the time, take them to a secluded area, tie them up and sexually assault them at gunpoint.

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On different occasions it's alleged the assaults happened in buildings and property owned by Freewill Baptist Church.

Richardson is facing charges of kidnapping and sexual battery.

The jury includes 5 men and 7 woman with 2 alternates.

The judge said Richardson is accused of rendering his victim unconscious by using a controlled substance, he then tied her up and assaulted her.

Stay tuned to News 2 and Counton2.com for the latest. Get live tweets from inside the courtroom @mattbise

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