The man who has led a Pee Dee regional Christian college for four decades will be required to stay away from the school’s campus after his arrest last week.
R. Wayne Miller, the founder and president of Cathedral Bible College, was granted a $250,000 bond Friday as investigators continue looking into accusations that he intimidated students into working at the school for little pay.
The Sun News of Myrtle Beach first reported his arrest on Friday. The paper noted a Homeland Security Investigations criminal complaint which said investigators found probable cause to charge Miller with forced labor. The complaint states Miller forced foreign students to work at the campus and his personal residence for as little as $25 per week. An affidavit also claims the president threatened to cancel the students’ visas if they complained or didn’t comply with his demands.
As a condition for the $250,000 bond, Miller must not set foot on the college’s campus or interact with foreign students at the school. He faces up to 20 years in prison for each count of forced labor.
Cathedral Bible College first opened as a Florence correspondence school under a different name in 1975. Miller renamed the school and relocated it to the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base in 1995. The school moved most of its operations to a second campus at the shuttered Marion Memorial Hospital last year. The move was helped by a $644,000 Marion County Healthcare Foundation grant.
The school currently has about 200 students, according to its website. Foreign students were housed in Marion, while Americans attended the Myrtle Beach branch.