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Kane County jury finds Oswego man guilty of child sex abuse

Faces 12 to 120 years in state prison

ST. CHARLES – An Oswego man has been found guilty by a Kane County jury of sexually abusing a child.

Mark A. Hampton, 48, of the 600 block of Mansfield Way in Oswego was convicted Oct. 7 on four counts of predatory criminal sexual abuse of a child, a Class X felony.

Hampton sexually assaulted the child, whom he knew, between November of 2015 and August of 2017, according to evidence presented by Kane County prosecutors. The child was younger than 13 years-old.

Hampton faces a sentence of between 12 and 120 years in state prison. He also will be required to register for life as a sexual offender in accordance with the Illinois Sexual Offender Registration Act.

With the conviction, Kane County Circuit Judge Donald M. Tegeler, Jr. revoked Hampton’s bond and ordered him taken into custody at the Kane County jail. The judge set a Dec. 21 court date for sentencing.

Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Lori Schmidt and Stacey Wittman handled the case.

The prosecutors offered thanks to family, medical staff, investigators and social service workers who aided the child.

“A lot of people came to the rescue of this young child when she disclosed her abuse,” Schmidt said.

“Thanks to the family member who immediately took her to the hospital, to the sexual assault nurse at AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, who contacted the authorities, and to former Child Advocacy Center Investigator Christine Tunney, who led the thorough investigation and who took time out of her retirement to testify at this trial,” Schmidt continued.