Posted by Travis Uresk | Nov. 1st, 2022 | Sex Offender | Chicago, IL |
By Holly Matkin
Chicago, IL – A registered sex offender who previously confessed to having molested as many as 75 women on various Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) buses during a period of just two months was out on bail for licking and grabbing other women when he allegedly groped yet another female victim late last month.
David Buckner, 28, was charged with just four felony offenses in 2017 after he admitted he “probably” molested as many as 75 women on the CTA, CWB reported.
But he was ultimately found not guilty by reason of insanity, according to FOX News.
The court ordered him to register as a sex offender and he was released back into the community on Dec. 29, 2020, CWB reported.
Buckner was arrested again in June after two women alleged he had groped, squeezed, and licked them in the Magnificent Mile neighborhood, FOX News reported.
He was arrested for those assaults, but the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office refused to file felony charges against him.
Buckner was instead charged with misdemeanor battery and was again released onto the streets.
He allegedly struck again on Oct. 9.
Police said two women alleged Buckner touched them inappropriately while they were at the Roosevelt CTA station that day, FOX News reported.
Buckner was charged with misdemeanor battery and was released from jail yet again.
He allegedly proceeded to assault another victim – this time an 18-year-old woman – on the Loyola University campus near the Red Line station shortly before 2 p.m. on Oct. 26, CWB reported.
The victim said Buckner grabbed the left side of her buttocks and other areas of her body, according to prosecutors.
But he was again charged with only a misdemeanor offense, CWB reported.
Furthermore, Cook County Prosecutor Jeff Allen said that the allegations leveled by the two victims in October were not recorded in the court clerk’s case management system “for whatever reason,” according to the news outlet.
As a result, that matter was not assigned a case number, which prevented Allen from being able to file a violation of bail conditions against Buckner at the time of his most recent arrest.
During his court hearing on Oct. 27, Buckner’s public defender touted his client’s service in the U.S. Marine Corps.
She said Buckner lives with his wife and two children, and claimed he is taking his prescribed mental health medication.
The judge prohibited Buckner from setting foot on the Loyola University campus and ordered that he be released on electronic monitoring in that case if he pays a $5,000 deposit toward his bail.
Man charged in 4 attacks, admits to molesting dozens of women on CTA, authorities say
By Nereida Moreno
Chicago Tribune Jul 02, 2017 at 8:30 pm
A man charged with attacking four women at or near CTA stops admitted to "probably" molesting about 75 women on the CTA in the past two months, authorities said Sunday. David Buckner, 22, was arrested downtown Friday on suspicion of trespassing on CTA property and was ordered held Sunday on $250,000 bond by Judge Donald Panarese Jr. at the Leighton Criminal Court Building. He faces charges of criminal sexual abuse, unlawful restraint, aggravated battery of a transit employee, aggravated battery in a public place and criminal trespassing. At least four women have come forward to accuse Buckner of sexually attacking them at or near CTA property. On May 15, Buckner approached an 18-year-old woman standing at a CTA bus stop near North and Damen avenues about 6:30 p.m. and asked her if she wanted a hug, prosecutors said. Buckner grabbed her from behind after she started to walk away. He placed her into a bear hug, kissed her on the forehead and grabbed her buttocks, prosecutors said. The victim escaped onto a bus and reported the incident, which was captured on CTA surveillance footage. On June 20, Buckner approached a 23-year-old woman walking toward the CTA Green Line Garfield Station in Washington Park just after 10 a.m. and asked her how old she was, prosecutors said. When the victim asked why he wanted to know, Buckner replied that he is royalty and therefore able to date girls between the ages of 14 and 18, prosecutors said. He asked her if she wanted a hug and grabbed her buttocks from behind as she walked away from him. She later intervened when Buckner tried to harass another woman waiting for the train, prosecutors said.
Buckner then grabbed the 23-year-old by the front of her shirt and sprayed her face and body with an unknown substance after she began screaming for help, according to prosecutors. Buckner fled the scene of the incident, which was partially captured on CTA surveillance.
Police sent out a community alert a few days later in an attempt to help find the person responsible for the attack.
Later that day, Buckner approached a 29-year-old woman who was climbing the stairs to the Damen Blue Line CTA station just before 11 a.m., prosecutors said.
He asked her if she wanted a hug and and wrapped both his arms tightly around her after she declined. The woman eventually broke free, got onto a train and called 911. On Friday, Buckner forcefully grabbed a 21-year-old woman who was taking a work break near a CTA stop at 1600 N. Damen about 10:30 a.m.
He grabbed her buttocks with his left hand and her breasts with his right hand after she refused to hug him and tried to pull away, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said Buckner "kissed and licked" her face before fleeing the area. Part of the incident was captured on surveillance footage from nearby restaurants, authorities said.
He was arrested on CTA property in the 100 block of West Randolph Street about 11:35 a.m., according to a police report. Buckner, of the 5600 block of North Western Avenue, was identified in photo and physical lineups and made admissions on all four cases, prosecutors said. He told officers he had "probably" touched about 75 women on the CTA, and that "it isn't sexual harassment unless the girls tell you no," prosecutors said.
He also told officers he thinks that it is all right to touch the butt of someone of the opposite sex.
Buckner was previously arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct on June 15 after police responded to a downtown Walgreens for complaints that he was harassing female customers, grabbing and touching them, according to authorities.
Police records show Buckner has been arrested multiple times on misdemeanor charges this year:
May 28 on a charge of disorderly conduct on CTA property at the O’Hare Blue Line stop
May 24 on a charge of trespassing at the Grand Avenue Blue Line station
April 20 on a charge of battery at a parking garage at 127 N. Dearborn St.
On March 4 on a charge of battery at 180 N. Clark St.
Man 'Probably' Molested Dozens Of Women On CTA, He Told Police: Reports
By Kelly Bauer | July 3, 2017 10:38am
DOWNTOWN — A man charged with sexual assault reportedly told officials he "probably" molested more than 70 women on the CTA in recent months.
David Buckner, 23, of the 5600 block of South Indiana Avenue, has been charged with four counts of unlawful restraint, three counts of aggravated battery in a public place, criminal sexual abuse, two counts of battery to a transit employee and criminal trespass to land, police said.
At least four women have contacted police about Buckner since mid-May, saying he had grabbed, groped, kissed and licked them, prosecutors said Sunday, according to the Tribune.
One of the women said Buckner harassed her at the the Garfield Green Line Station on June 20, according to the Tribune. When she tried to stop him from harassing another woman, he sprayed something in her eyes and ran away.
Buckner was arrested Friday and told police officers he "probably" touched 75 women on the CTA over the last two months and didn't think it was wrong to touch someone's buttocks if that person was of the opposite sex, according to the Tribune.
Buckner told officers, "It isn't sexual harassment unless the girl tells you no," prosecutors said, according to the Tribune.
Portions of several of the incidents were caught on camera, and Buckner was identified in lineups, according to the Tribune.
Buckner's bail was set at $250,000, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Office.