South Carolina Minister admits to raping and impregnating 14-year-old girl

The teenager had two abortions after being impregnated by the minister twice.

Phillip Jerard Buckson
SPARTANBURG COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Police say a Baptist minister in South Carolina has confessed after being arrested for raping and impregnating a teenager.

According to Newsweek, the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Wednesday that Phillip Jerard Buckson, was arrested at the Cleveland Chapel Baptist Church and charged with four counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

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Authorities say they launched an investigation at the end of January after receiving a tip from the region’s National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The young woman in question later corroborated the claims by giving a “detailed statement” about her interactions with the suspect.

The victim told investigators there had been “multiple acts of sexual intercourse between she and Buckson,” and that they began having sexual intercourse on October 9, 2015, at Buckson’s residence.

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“The victim continued to disclose that she had sexual intercourse multiple times throughout Spartanburg County as well,” continues the police report. “She stated that this occurred multiple times beginning the first semester of her 9th grade year when she was 14 years of age.”

“The victim disclosed she has never had sexual intercourse with anyone other than Buckson. She disclosed that from this sexual intercourse she became pregnant on two occasions. On both occasions she disclosed that she underwent abortions to terminate the pregnancies.”

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Believing they had probable cause, police brought the case to a magistrate Wednesday, and warrants were issued. Buckson was arrested at his church and taken to the sheriff’s office, where he gave deputies a full confession.

The minister has several warrants accusing him of “sexual battery by sexual intercourse with the victim between eleven and fourteen years old.” He has preached across Georgia, Chicago, North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee, and is at the center of a separate and ongoing child pornography case.