Karate instructor charged with criminal sexual conduct now facing assault charges

James Michael Buchen

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – A martial arts instructor charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor is back in jail.

James Michael Buchen, 45, of Mount Pleasant, a Charleston-area karate instructor, was arrested and charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor second degree and criminal sexual conduct with a minor third degree in January. Both of the 15-year-old victims attended martial arts camp through Buchen Martial Arts on Leinbach Drive. He was released from jail Tuesday, January 30, after posting a $300,000 bond.

Just before 8 a.m. Friday, February 2, Buchen was arrested by Mount Pleasant Police, according to Charleston County jail records.

This time, Buchen is charged with second-degree assault and battery.

At a bond hearing on Friday, bond was set at $10,000.

Buchen is currently being held at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center.

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