City man accused of child abuse

Hampton allegedly raped young boy

An Altoona man is behind bars on charges he raped a child.

Michael S. Hampton, 34, of 1213 S. 27th St., Apt. B, was arrested Thursday morning by Altoona police on felony rape of a child and related charges stemming from allegations he sodomized a boy and forced the child to perform oral sex.

According to the charges, police began investigating Hampton in 2015 after a witness came forward to report that Hampton had confessed he molested three children — two boys and a girl.

Hampton allegedly told the witness he had molested the two boys — then ages 4 and 6 — once and had often molested the girl and that he wanted to rape her as well. Police noted the girl was 2 years old at the time.

The witness told Altoona police Hampton showed a picture of the children and said he couldn’t stop. The witness was a “mandated reporter,” and Hampton allegedly made a threat to stab the person if they reported him. Despite the threat, Hampton was reported through a call to Childline.

The investigation, however, came to a halt when two of the young children were interviewed in 2015 and did not disclose any abuse, police noted in the charges.

The investigation was reopened this August after the mother of one of the children came forward to say that the oldest of the two boys from the initial investigation, who is now 8, had told her he was sexually abused by Hampton.

On Tuesday, the child was interviewed at the Center for Child Justice in Altoona, and the boy allegedly revealed details of the abuse that included Hampton having the boy perform oral sex on him as well as Hampton having sex with the boy.

Altoona police Detective Cpl. Nichole Douglas noted that Hampton has not had contact with the boy in more than two years and details given by the boy this week are corroborated by information gathered by police in 2015. Police did not indicate when the alleged incident occurred prior to 2015.

Hampton was arraigned Thursday morning by Magisterial District Judge Todd Kelly on felony charges of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault and corruption of minors, along with a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child. Bail was set at 10 percent of $50,000 and he is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday in Central Court.