S. Carolina minister accused of raping, impregnating child

phillip buckson

A Baptist minister in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is behind bars.

32-year-old Phillip Jerard Buckson is accused of repeatedly raping and twice impregnating a child, whose pregnancies were then terminated.

Buckson was arrested at the Cleveland Chapel Baptist Church Feb 6th.

The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office says he is charged with sexual conduct with a minor and has admitted to the allegations.

Investigators say tips provided through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led authorities to the girl last week; she told investigators the abuse started in 2015 when she was 13 years old.

Buckson has worked at Clevelan Chapel Baptist Church since 2014.

The church's website says Buckson has preached in Georgia, Chicago, North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

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