A 17-year-old who police say was 14 when he began sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl has been charged with multiple felonies.

Ashton Dale Hampton of 26 Suburban Heights, Milan, appeared Thursday in Scott County District Court, Davenport. He remained in custody at the Scott County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Police say Hampton molested the girl about 12 different times over a period of two to three years in Davenport.

Hampton said the majority of the assaults occurred between April 2013 and October 2013, according to his arrest affidavit.

The victim and the victim's family went to the Davenport Police Department on April 9 to report the abuse. Hampton was arrested Wednesday afternoon.

He is charged with three counts of second-degree sexual abuse. The Class B felony carries a penalty of 25 years in prison.

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Devastated2014

It's funny to me your judgments. I shouldn't have offended anyone as I'm entitled to my opinions same goes for all of you. If you didn't like my message you didn't have to finish reading it. But you did... Captivated I'm sure. I'm sorry if any of you have fallen victim to a predator. I don't deny that I can't imagine the pain that comes with it. And I do sympathize with the victim and her family. I know she will be troubled for the rest of her life. You say he knows what he did, and probably agreed with me when I said that she didn't fully understand the things that have happened due to the fact that she's still young. However if you read the article, you would see he wasn't much older when events took place. Why is it people can't vote, smoke, drink, drive until they reach a specific age? I would imagine that the facts show adolescences don't reach certain levels of human development until a certain point plays a part in these age limits. Admittedly these ages are only standards and can vary from individual to individual, regardless it must be considered. If you knew what I do you might be singing a different song. While I don't share any blood relation, I happen to know both families. I know the caliber of both mothers involved. I can tell you that based on the things I've seen being knowing both families, this young man was raised by a very compassionate, sophisticated, and god fearing mother. My relationship with both of families ill confess is fairly superficial, but i dont doubt these values were present in his upbringing. These values don't promise absolute protection from mental illnesses. This isn't a question of values, morals, beliefs. This is a case of a sickness, and he should be given the opportunity to get healthy. I think it is ludicrous to entertain the idea that he may offend again. Given he is blessed with the opportunity to receive treatment. Look at it this way, people serve less time for MURDER in some cases. The only crime punishable by death I might add, that alone suggest it's much more heinous then any other crime. So why should a murder do less time then a 17 year old kid who hasn't committed or even attempted murder? Ill admit I don't know the nitty gritty details and I don't want to, I know very little about the case. I do believe I heard he turned himself in to a certain extent though. But there's no way that suggest he feels guilt, no way he feels remorse, no way he doesn't care to change, right? Or does it? If you ask me characteristics weigh heavily towards a scared kid who did a bad thing, knows it, feels terrible, and wants to pay for his wrong doings within reason, and hopefully turn his life around. It isn't right for the justice system and society to try and lock him up and throw away the key. In fact that teacher you all know about I'm sure and probably want to set on fire. You know the one that has been on the news to... He got 10 years, and if I read the law correctly will only do 70% of that. He's an adult. Oh one last thing one of you said you have two boys that would never do such a thing right? Don't you think this young kids mother thought the same? I'm not saying your sons ever would, that's not what I mean. My point mental illnesses can be unpredictable, it can be hard to detect at such a young age as well. They say all adolescences actually profile to be sociopathic. Why? Hello... Development. What you say doesn't matter, until you were his mother, you can't possibly know what it's like. You wouldn't want of your "Angels" to be locked away until they are old either period. Yes some predators do deserve to be, but this isn't one of those cases.

Dolphin

He is being treated as an adult, the details must be ugly. Some people just have a dark heart even at a very early age. If he is sentenced and is victimzed in jail, then he will know how his victim felt. I have no sympathy for him.

Had it

There's another molestation headline involving a 23 year old guy named Todd..that story is THIS guy's future (they kind of resemble btw). Devestated, you sound like someone who cares and has loads of compassion. Do you honestly think those qualities have ever been embeddened in this kid? if he was so "cherished" as you say, where were his compassionate parents? do you really think they ever instilled any kind of compassion? Why weren't they around to even get an inkling of what this boy has been up to over the course of a couple of years? Which, btw, where were the victim's parents? Yes, I won't even pretend to know the whole situation, but as a mother of some boys, and girls, i will tell you, my eyes and ears are always open..years wouldn't go by..he fell into acomfort zone, got caught, he'll do some time, and he WILL offend again!!

Devastated2014

As you all are entitled to your own opinions so am I. Most of these comments absolutely disgust me, along with the people writing them. I wish I could say these things in person however it's easy to cower behind your keyboards. You haven't any idea how this kid was raised and what his walk through life has been like thus far. Your just judgmental, last I knew big man upstairs was the only one who was to judge another. Yes what has happened was wrong, yes this kid obviously has some mental issues, yes he deserves to suffer some consequences. Does he deserve the 25 year maximum sentence these charges carry? No. Can he be treated? Yes. Does he feel remorse for what has happened? I'm sure of it. Will the young girl be forever altered? Yes. Can she be treated? Yes. Does she fully understand the things that have happened? Probably not. Does he entirely? No I doubt it. Do any of you know the hardcore facts of this case? I highly doubt it. People who commit these crimes must suffer consequences. But who are we as people to say his life should just end, and he should be locked up indefinitely? It's plain ignorance. No he can't be rehabilitated, and no he cannot change the person he is as of now if society and the joke of a justice system don't give him the opportunity to make amends, and to get the help he needs. Prison at 17 for a person with no prior criminal history, it's absurd. Does he deserve to die? No. Who has he killed? No one. I know what happens in prison, especially to people who are convicted for crimes such as these. He could very well be killed in lockdown. Stop your judgments, and show a bit of compassion. I know as a parent things like these are scary. Hard to understand. But you don't know the details, you can't even begin to understand this case. No case is the same and to say that anyone like this should suffer the same consequences doesn't make sense whatsoever. Ill sum it up for you. What if you were a parent and this was your son??? Would you be disappointed? Yea definitely. Would you be sad and heartbroken Absolutely. No doubt. Would you want him to pay a price? I hope so. Would you feel sorry for the victim and her family? I hope. But what you really have to ask yourself when all is said and done. Would you want your son to die in prison? Would you want your sons life to be over forever? Would you want society and the jury to give him a chance to be a man someday a good man, given he is provided the help he needs, pays for what he did, and does get better and changes his life for the best? Dig down people, seriously ask yourself these last three questions? Answer them. Post your answers. I bet if this was your son. You would still love him. I bet if this was your son. You would want to help him. I bet if this was your son. You would do everything on gods green earth to make sure he didn't spend the better part of the days he has left in a prison cell. I bet you would fight and fight and fight until it killed you to make sure that the son you raised, loved, and cherished his entire life had a fighting chance at getting his life together and to be a good person. I would if i was his mother or father. I would do all I could for him, I would pray for him everyday and be by his side forever. if you were his mother so would you. Admit it its true, besides your safe behind your keyboards. No one will know its you that wouldn't truly want their son to suffer in prison. I don't have fancy facts to spew. I don't have hate in my heart for you all to read. Just human emotion. Just love and compassion for everyone involved. I hope you all have taken notes, I only see hatred, I only see ignorance, I only see the animal in all of you typing these words.

billy hoyle

amen

Devastated2014

Thank you very much billy. I appreciate your reading of my message, and your support. God bless.

philstarr7

well written

Devastated2014

Thank you very much.

CGE
CGE

Well said.

Devastated2014

Thank you!

just curious

Devastated - You are asking everyone to put themselves in the mindset of the parent of this offender. How about you put yourself in the mindset of the parents of the little girls who have been abused by the offender? How about the little girls? There must have been some trust issues here - the girls had trusted this offender. Perhaps he threatened them if they told? Imagine your darling little daughter growing up to relive those episodes of abuse? Think how her trust has been shattered. Think how she will have countless hours of therapy to overcome these episodes - IF her parents can afford it. I could go on and on like you did in your post - but I think you get my idea. Crawl out of your defense and think how the VICTIMS and their families feel and how their walk thru life has been dramatically changed due to this offender.

Dolphin

I have two sons, and neither of them would ever think of doing something like this. Because this is evil and wrong. He knew it was wrong when he did it. As a survivor myself, I will live with it the rest of my life. Emotional issues and nightmares. Predators only start caring when they get caught. They are below humans. He will do it again if given the chance....next time the crime may include murder to cover his tracks. I am not an animal, I am a survivor. I believe in justice and I am not ignorant. I have a college degree. Please stop affending people that are thinking of the victum.

GoddessDiana2you

PS N. I can Google and find links to prove that Big Foot and the Chupacabra are real and that leading Scientists have captured them.. Doesn't mean it is real or the truth. That is the differnce between someone like you with an internet connection and a Professional Researcher/Writer like me. Nice try though, thanks.

GoddessDiana2you

Hello N. I live in Milan where this young man lives and it is hardly and "Outpost" ruled by "Folk Wisdom". I am Master's educated and my background includes Sociology. I have 5 degrees and I speak 2 languages. Most of my friends are also college educated and are educated career professionals.

I have no clue where your "Research" come from, but the comment that pedaphilia is non existant is simply not the case. The fact that you even say that alone shows your ignorance and lack of education on the topic... Unless of course, your belief stems from the fact that you come from a culture that expects females to be married and bearing childern by age 12... in those cultures, what he did is not deemed a crime against a child, much like what you argue.

Regardless of what starts pedaphilia the fact remains that those who engage it it are not rehabilitated and they repeat thier offense.. As a mother to an11 yr old, it TERRIFIES me to know that this child predator is living literally in my backyard. Perhaps if you are a parents with a child sex predator living next door to you, your opinion and "Pearls of Wisdom" for us dumb country folk will change.

You may think it does not exist, that sex acts with a 10-12 year is accecptable but in Modern Day America, it is thankfully a serious crime.

Educate yourself before you post. We dumb country fold ain't as dumb as you think


senor citizen

You modesty is only exceeded by your ego, educated as you are, it appears to be beyond your intelligence, as your comments reflect.

billy hoyle

the post said "child pedophilia is so extremely rare as to be non-existent", not pedophilia itself. Either you misread the post or you don't understand the definition of pedophilia

sir

Put him in prison for a couple years...they'll give him the justice he deserves. He probably won't enjoy it, but I doubt the little girl he molested did either. Prayers go out to the victim and her family.

NShiekle

Research has consistently shown that child pedophilia is so extremely rare as to be non-existent. Most child sexual abusers instead have a behavior disorder and/or are repeating what was done to them. A recent New York Times article reported that states are currently experimenting with more appropriate ways to deal with child sexual offenders as a result of current research. Unfortunately for this kid he happens to live in a remote and obscure midwestern outpost which is guided by folk wisdom (see other comments). At any rate, my heart goes out to both families involved here. I hope both kids get the treatment they need. I hope the boy's life isn't already destroyed.

NShiekle

Federal Government fact sheet on juvenile sex offenders to support what I said above: http://www.dshs.wa.gov/pdf/ca/NCSBYfactsheet.pdf

Also, google news search for 'juvenile sex offenders' to see that major media outlets are currently calling for reform on laws dealing with these kids.

writingmomma

If you believe every single thing that is posted by some of those nitwits, you are in big trouble. Remember, those big research companies are also responsible for the millions of pills that are recalled, because they have caused numerous deaths. There has been too much "trial and error" trusting in the belief of "so-called" Sociological data. What this boy and many others like him did is sick and twisted. So many are getting away with crimes and not being held accountable for their actions. They go on to commit bigger and bolder crimes. Well, what's next for this boy, rape and possibly murder? God forbid! If you continue to trust what is posted by the Federal Government, you are truly delusional. Our country is a mess. It got this way by a bunch of "know it alls" that thought they could "fix it". If America was or has been run properly, then there wouldn't have been a report on the news this morning about multiple veterans dying because of not being seen or treated by DOCTORS! Those same doctors are making decisions for our government, under the disguise of a title calling themselves "Professionals." WAKE UP! Don't be so gullible.

NShiekle

Those studies do not cite work done by "big research companies" or anyone affiliated with the pharmaceutical industry. In fact, I don't know of any private institutions involved in child sexual abuse since there is no profit there. This research was instead conducted by public institutions, such as universities, hospitals, clinics, and statistics which followed court cases for decades. If the research were faulty as you suggest, some egghead would point it out to make a name for himself as a hotshot know-it-all. Needless to say, this hasn't happened. Maybe you should publish your paper?

writingmomma

If the big research companies actually came clean, then the pharmaceutical companies, doctors and their government lobbyist wouldn't make any money on all the PILLS they are feeding Americans. But, you have some that don't mind sticking their kids on tons of meds for "mental disorders." They go on to feed on meds as adults with mental issues, such as rapist, murderers, pedophilia, etc.... Rehabilitation, what a joke!

NShiekle

Also, I resent your comment that this country is a mess. It works exactly as the rich people want it to.

Banned in the QCA

You complain a lot in this forum and you seem to like to argue with people on here, but are you doing anything to help any of the situations you constantly rant about? Are you involved in any organizations or outreach programs? Are you doing anything at all to help your community or do you think you are doing your part by sitting in front of your computer and writing comments? This forum is really a joke, it is merely entertainment. Nothing posted here is EVER going to change anything. Get out of your chair and get out there and really do something. You would not be missed here.

writingmomma

I do more to help children on a daily basis than you probably have your entire life. So, get off YOUR butt and do something for the community!! You surely won't be missed I'm sure!

sir

I should be surprised that you said "I hope the boys life isn't already destroyed"...however, in the world we live in I am not. It is people like you who make victims afraid of speaking up.

NShiekle

Look, I'm not one to get in the way of a lynch mob. String him up, have your fun. I'll even stay and watch. I believe in community. I'm just saying that I am not likely to feel so good about it as you. Also, I have no clue how treating the boy so he doesn't re-offend makes the victim less likely to speak up. I suppose you imagine that victims can only be motivated to speak up by the desire for revenge. To reiterate: the boy should be treated so he doesn't re-offend. He shouldn't be marked as a pedophile who is immune to treatment, since that is not likely the case. Search google news and you will see this is quickly becoming the majority view. We are right. You and the lynch mob are wrong.

Dolphin

Unbelievable, really? "lynch mob"? I bet your the type a person that would marry a seriel killer on death row. If you have so much compasion for perverts that like little children, them let them live in you neighborhood. Perhaps you have a lot in common.

writingmomma

Sick, just mentally sick!!!! He cannot be rehabilitated either.

GoddessDiana2you

I know, he lives close by to where I live and it TERRIFIES me to think about how easily it could have been my 11 year old. This is why I NEVER allow my child out of my sight. So frightenting!

writingmomma

Wow, why isn't this little monster on the front page of the QC Times? Oh well, he'll probably just get probation anyhow! Next!!!!!

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