Huntington Station church minister arraigned after allegedly sexually abusing 15-year-old girl

If convicted, Clinton Bucknor could face up to three years behind bars.

News 12 Staff

May 10, 2024, 9:52 AM

Updated 10 days ago

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A Huntington Station church minister was arraigned Friday after police say he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl in March.
According to police, the victim’s sister called 911 on May 8 to report her sister had been sexually abused by the man who works at the Huntington Seventh-Day Adventist Church on West 9th Street.
An investigation by Special Victims Section detectives determined Clinton Bucknor sent an inappropriate photo and text to the minor and had sexual contact with the teen in the basement of the church in March 2024.
Bucknor, 71, was arrested and charged with criminal solicitation, sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Suffolk County police told News 12 that Bucknor was pastor, but his attorney said his title is actually "church elder." Church officials say he is not employed by them.
Bucknor is being represented by Matt Tuohy. The defense attorney said his client denies the charges.
The defendant is being held on $250,000 partially secured bond or $10,000 cash bail.
If convicted, Bucknor could face up to three years behind bars.
Detectives are asking anyone with additional information or if you believe you are a victim to call the Special Victims Section at 631-852-6531.


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