A Spartanburg, South Carolina minister has been arrested and charged with sexual intercourse crimes following he admitted to having sex with a minor whom he also impregnated 2 times.
WYFF 4 claimed that deputies arrested 32-calendar year-old Phillip Jerard Buckson, of Boiling Springs, S.C. on Wednesday (Feb. 6) at Cleveland Chapel Baptist Church, exactly where, in accordance to the church site, he is a senior pastor.
Buckson is accused of repeatedly raping and 2 times impregnating a youthful female, whose pregnancies had been then terminated.
Investigators claimed strategies presented by means of the Countrywide Middle for Missing and Exploited Kids led authorities to the female last 7 days subsequent an investigation that began on January 30th. The girl told investigators the abuse began in 2015 when she was just 13 years old.
An incident report from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Workplace reported that the now 15-year-old female informed investigators that Buckson commenced sexually assaulting her in October 2015 at his property.
The woman told investigators she and Buckson experienced sexual intercourse various situations in different areas all through Spartanburg County. She mentioned she turned expecting two times and experienced abortions to terminate both equally pregnancies.
Investigators explained just after Buckson was arrested at his church, he confessed to the allegations.
Buckson was billed with 4 counts of second-degree sexual misconduct with a little one in between 11 and 14 a long time previous and his bond was set Thursday (Feb. 7) at $20,000, or $5,000 for each and every charge. His upcoming court day is scheduled for April 25th.
Buckson—who is married with three children—posted a cryptic concept on Twitter late very last thirty day period suggesting he may possibly have acknowledged a authorized struggle was imminent. “Lawyered up and heading to court docket!” he tweeted on January 23rd, just two months right before his arrest.
Lawyered up and heading to courtroom!
— Phillip Jerard Buckson (@pjbuckson) January 23, 2019
The site for Cleveland Chapel Baptist Church also explained Buckson is a former Spartanburg Methodist and Gaffney basketball star. In accordance to his bio, Buckson has also preached in Ga, Chicago, North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennesse.
Congregants told WSPA Channel 7 Information that the church is far more than 100 many years old and has at the very least 150 customers. They did not want to speak on camera, but reported that Buckson was a superior preacher. They also stated they have been hurt by the prices and are asking that people pray for their church.