Pastor Stephen Douglas Berry is being held in jail without bail on charges he raped a 15-year-old girl on several occasions in 2010. Berry is a Baptist. It’s not the first time Berry has been investigated.
According to the church and the Union County Sheriff's Office, Berry was the subject of a prior criminal investigation involving sexual misconduct allegations from an adult female. Sheriff David Taylor said the woman decided not to pursue charges, so the investigation was closed.
Sheriff Taylor said the current investigation into Berry remains open, and while they're unsure if there could be additional victims, they're hoping anyone with additional information will come forward.
Berry was the associate pastor at New Life Baptist Church in Union, S.C.