SALEM, IL — A 35-year-old St. Louis man arrested last week in Salem after he was found in a motel room with a missing 15-year-old girl is now facing additional charges.
According to Salem police, the girl agreed to talk with police, which resulted in Courtney M. Buffkins being arrested on 10 new charges including aggravated kidnapping, four counts aggravated criminal sexual abuse, and five counts traveling to meet a child for a sex offense.
Buffkins was initially arrested on an obstruction charge last week when he reportedly gave police a fake name when they went to his room at the Super 8 Motel and found the missing teen.
At the time, the girl would not talk to police but in an interview Friday she told officers she first met Buffkins in February of 2020 when he forcibly took her from her home and committed sex acts on her in Marion County before returning her to her residence.
He allegedly returned four other times to Salem over the past year and a half where he met with the juvenile girl and committed additional sex acts each time.
Information about the initial sexual encounter, that reportedly took place outside the Salem City limits, has been turned over to the Marion County Sheriff’s Department for investigation and possible additional charges.
Bond for Buffkins had been set at $10,000 on the obstruction charge in Marion County; however, earlier charges in Coles County, Illinois, for criminal sexual assault by force and two counts aggravated criminal sexual abuse have resulted in that county revoking his bond.
He’s now being held without bond and is scheduled to be sentenced in yet another earlier case for criminal sexual abuse in Cumberland County.