San Antonio, Texas, January 17, 2017: Last Friday, 379th District Court Judge Ron Rangel sentenced Eric Scott Hemphill, age 36, to 40 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Hemphill entered “no contest” pleas to the following charges: Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, Aggravated Sexual Assault, Aggravated Sexual Assault – Elderly/Disabled Person, and Burglary of a Habitation with intent to Commit a Felony.
In May 2015, Hemphill was arrested following an incident where he attempted to sexually assault two young girls after breaking into their west side apartment. One of the girls was able to get away and call for help. Surveillance video nearby caught Hemphill on camera leaving the apartment. During the subsequent investigation, the young girls were able to identify Hemphill in a photo lineup. San Antonio police were able to link Hemphill to three other unsolved sexual assaults in the area when his DNA was entered into a national database.
In November 2013, a 13-year-old girl was walking home when she was hit over the head with a hammer and forced inside a vehicle. Hours later, the teen woke up disoriented near Austin Highway and Perrin Beitel. The girl had been sexually assaulted. DNA recovered from the sexual assault matched Hemphill. DNA also linked Hemphill to two north side sexual assaults which involved a 63-year-old and 79-year-old woman. The victims told police that Hemphill knocked on their door, and claimed he was with the cable company and needed to fix the modem in their bedrooms. Once inside, Hemphill attacked the women and sexually assaulted them.
Under questioning by San Antonio police detectives, Hemphill denied any involvement in the crimes. After Hemphill was sentenced, one of the victims daughters said that the assault dramatically impacted her mother and stated she would never be the same.
“This defendant preyed on the most vulnerable of our community,” said District Attorney Nico LaHood. “It is appropriate to cage him away from our community.”
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, Aggravated Sexual Assault, Aggravated Sexual Assault – Elderly/Disabled Person, and Burglary of a Habitation Intent to Commit a Felony are all first degree felonies, punishable by 5-99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Assistant District Attorneys Stephanie Boyd and Clint Malloy from the Special Crimes Division prosecuted the case against Hemphill in the 379th District Court.