Outrageous: Chicago sex offender, on bail for allegedly groping 4 women since June, molested another woman on Loyola’s Campus this week, prosecutors say.

David Buckner after his arrests for allegedly molesting women on June 8, 2022, October 9, 2022, and October 26, 2022. | CPD; CCSO

How many more women must be groped, kissed, hugged, licked, squeezed, or otherwise assaulted by a registered sex offender in Chicago before someone says enough is enough?

Prosecutors yesterday charged David Buckner with misdemeanor battery for grabbing and groping an 18-year-old woman on the Loyola University campus in Chicago on Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier this month, CWBChicago told you about Buckner, a man who reportedly told police in 2017 that he had “probably” molested 75 women on the CTA during a two-month period. We reported that he was charged with four felonies for assaulting four women that year. He was eventually found not guilty by reason of insanity and was ordered to register as a sex offender.

In June, a prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office refused to file felony charges against Buckner after two women accused him of licking, kissing, squeezing, and groping them on the Magnificent Mile. With felony charges denied, Chicago police had to charge Buckner with misdemeanor battery. He was released from jail a few days later to await trial.

On October 9, while he was still on bail for the June allegations, two more women accused Buckner of touching them inappropriately at the Roosevelt CTA station. He walked out of the local Chicago police station a few hours later on his own recognizance, charged only with misdemeanor battery again. Records that would show if prosecutors rejected felony charges for the new allegations have not been posted in public records.

Then, just before 2 p.m. Wednesday, while still on bail for the June and October cases, he allegedly assaulted an 18-year-old woman on the Loyola campus, not far from the Red Line station.

He grabbed the woman’s body and her left butt cheek, prosecutor Jeff Allen said. Once again, Buckner is only charged with a misdemeanor.

And, adding insult to injury, Allen said “for whatever reason,” the allegations filed against Buckner by the two women on October 9 were not in the Clerk of Court’s case management system. So, because their allegations don’t even have a case number, he could not file a violation of bail bond against Buckner on the charges.

Buckner’s public defender said Thursday that he lives with his wife and two kids. He’s a high school graduate, served in the Marines, attended UIC, and is on medication for mental health conditions, she said.

Judge Kelly McCarthy ordered Buckner to pay a $5,000 deposit toward bail to be released on electronic monitoring in the Loyola case. She set a temporary bail amount of $3,000 in the June case until Buckner sees the judge overseeing that matter on Monday.

Buckner will earn $30 credit toward bail for each day he spends in jail.

McCarthy also ordered him to stay off the Loyola University campus.

75 women

In July 2017, prosecutors filed several felony charges against Buckner, including criminal sexual abuse by force, aggravated battery, and unlawful restraint, for allegedly groping and grabbing four women during a string of incidents on the CTA.

Prosecutors said he “admitted to ‘probably’ molesting about 75 women on the CTA in the past two months,” the Chicago Tribune reported at the time.

Authorities accused him of grabbing an 18-year-old in a bear hug, grabbing her buttocks, and kissing her on the forehead at a CTA bus stop in Wicker Park.

A month later, he allegedly committed a nearly identical attack on a 23-year-old woman at the Garfield Green Line station. Prosecutors said he told her he was entitled to date teenage girls because he was “royalty.”

A few hours later, he tried to hug, then grabbed a 29-year-old woman at the Damen Blue Line station.

And, a few days later, he grabbed a 21-year-old woman’s buttocks and breasts, then licked and kissed her face after she refused to hug him while she was on break from a donut shop near the Damen Blue line, prosecutors said.

Records show that Cook County Judge Dennis Porter ordered Buckner into a secure state-run treatment center about a year later. Porter found Buckner not guilty by reason of insanity on May 8, 2019. He was released on December 29, 2020.

In the weeks before the 2017 felony charges were filed, Buckner was charged three times with misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct charges for inappropriate behavior toward women in the Loop. Prosecutors dropped all the cases, but court records don’t explain why.

Sex offender

Chicago police arrested Buckner in the Loop about a week before Thanksgiving last year because he was allegedly not in compliance with the state’s sex offender registration requirements.

During a bail hearing the next day, prosecutors said he was required to register due to the 2017 cases in which he was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Judge Maryam Ahmad released Buckner on his own recognizance, and he brought himself into compliance. Prosecutors dropped the charge later that month.

Two more women, misdemeanor charges

Two more women accused Buckner of assaulting them after Chicago police responded to reports of a sexual assault in the 500 block of North Michigan shortly after noon on June 9.

One woman said Buckner grabbed her from behind, grabbed her butt, and kissed her neck. Prosecutors said she pushed him away, and he tried to grab her breasts. Another woman intervened, and Buckner allegedly wrapped her in a bear hug, finally releasing her as she screamed.

Cops arrested Buckner about a block away and sought felony criminal sexual abuse charges against him, according to CPD records. But, a Cook County assistant state’s attorney rejected felony charges, saying the allegations didn’t rise to that level, records show.

Buckner appeared in misdemeanor bond court the next day. The prosecutor who presented the allegations against him did not tell Judge Susana Ortiz about Buckner’s 2017 case or his sex offender status. His public defender highlighted Buckner’s lack of criminal background.

Buckner went home by posting a $500 bail deposit two days later. The charges are still pending.

Two more women, more misdemeanors

Chicago police arrested Buckner again at 12:05 p.m. on October 9.

Two women, ages 25 and 39, reported that he touched them inappropriately while they stood on a platform at the Roosevelt CTA station, according to police.

Buckner was charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery and walked out of the police station a few hours later on his own recognizance, according to CPD.

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