Man guilty of raping a child
May 6, 2008
A North Summit man pleaded guilty to one count of rape of a child, which is a first-degree felony.
The victim was 13 years old when Stephen V. Hampton Jr., 21, had sex with the girl, Summit County Attorney David Brickey said.
In exchange for Hampton’s plea, a second first-degree felony charge of rape of a child was dismissed.
The sexual encounters were reported to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office last summer, prosecutors say.
Sentencing for Hampton is scheduled in western Summit County June 9 at 11 a.m. Rape of a child is possibly punishable by up to life in prison.
"This guy is looking at a significant amount of prison time," said Summit County Attorney David Brickey, adding that Hampton may not be considered for parole until he is about 36 years old.
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Before Hampton is sentenced, officials will conduct a "psychosexual evaluation" on the man, which could impact his punishment, Summit County prosecutor Joy Natale said.
Hampton pleaded guilty in an emotional display in the Snyderville Basin April 28 before 3rd District Court Judge Bruce Lubeck, Brickey explained.
"Mom broke down and he broke down," Brickey said.
But Hampton did not say anything to the judge, he said.
"He just started crying," Brickey said.
Natale claimed the rapes occurred at Hampton’s brother’s house in eastern Summit County.
Prosecutors say Hampton had sexual intercourse with the girl twice.
Utah law does not allow 13-year-old girls to consent to engage in sexual activity, Brickey said.
Hampton admitted to a detective he had sex with the girl, Natale said