Sexual Predator With History of Exhibitionism to Minors Moves Into Palm Coast’s U-Section
FlaglerLive | January 8, 2016
Update: As of Aug. 8, 2016, Robert Hampton had left Palm Coast and moved to 26513 Glenhaven Drive in Wesley Chapel, near Tampa.
Robert S. Hampton, a 36-year-old sexual predator last released from state prison in September, has moved into an apartment in a duplex at 107 Ullian Trail in Palm Coast, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said today, in compliance with a policy to notify the community when a sexual predator moves into a neighborhood.
Predators are a more serious type of sexual offender.
Hampton previously lived in Boyton Beach, in palm Beach County. In 2003, when he was 24, he was arrested for masturbating in front of middle school children in West Palm Beach, catching the eye of at least two 14-year-old students walking to school. He was charged with three felony counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition on a child under 16. Police working under cover caught him in the act. He was placed on sex offender probation, which he violated in 2005.
In 2007 in Boyton Beach, he tried to lure an 11-year-old girl into his SUV, following the girl into a convenience store. He then “beckoned to her with his pants unzipped before getting into a dark red Chevrolet Suburban and driving away,” the Palm Beach Post reported at the time. He was charged and convicted of lewd and lascivious conduct and exhibition and got a five-year prison sentence.
Hampton was released in August 2012. He violated the terms of his probation when he failed properly to register in Palm Beach County, and was again imprisoned. He was released last Sept. 11.
The sheriff’s office describes him as 5 foot, 11 inches tall, weighing 210 pounds, white with blond, close-cropped hair and blue eyes. His prison record lists numerous tattoos with Oriental themes.
“It is the policy of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office to notify our community when a registered sexual predator moves to our county,” Sheriff Jim Manfre is quoted as saying in a sheriff’s release issued this afternoon. “This includes the local news media, Flagler County schools, all day care centers and all residents.”