Hillsboro police officer Foister M. “Fred” Hampton has been placed on leave following an initial appearance Monday in Hillsboro Municipal Court on a first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence charge following an alleged weekend incident.
Hampton entered a plea of not guilty during the court appearance.
According to Highland County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Turner’s affidavit, on Saturday he was dispatched to Hampton’s residence. The alleged victim, his wife, said she was on the phone when Hampton began assaulting her, grabbing the phone from her and punching her in the head with it and his fist, eventually holding her on the ground and choking her.
In Turner’s affidavit he said he observed injuries “consistent with the type of assault she had described,” including scrapes, bruising and redness to the alleged victim’s neck and injuries to her head.
Turner said in his report that Hampton’s wife said he “had been violent with her and their children for several years,” adding that Hampton’s behavior of late was “worsening.”
The affidavit goes on to say that Hampton’s wife told the deputy that Hampton had been punching holes in the walls, had threatened her with a gun, and two weeks ago he killed a litter of kittens with a hatchet.
She said she was in “fear for her safety.”
A prepared statement released Monday by Hillsboro Police Chief Todd Whited said: “There is an internal investigation into the matter surrounding officer Hampton’s arrest by the Highland County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Hampton has been placed on leave during this investigation and the city will follow the disciplinary procedures under the collective bargaining agreement between the Fraternal Order of Police and the city of Hillsboro. Mr. Hampton will be afforded his due process rights when all the facts are known from the investigation.”
According to the Hillsboro Municipal Court records, Hampton was given an OR bond and is to have no contact with his wife and a minor child. A pretrial hearing is set for May 22 at 10 a.m.
Additionally, he is to observe a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and also comply with the orders of a temporary protection order.
Angela Shepherd can be reached at 937-393-3456 or on Twitter @ashepherdHTG.