North Kingsville man accused of grabbing woman at Walmart

Cameron Campbell

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — A teen who has an open rape case in the Ashtabula County Court of Common Pleas is accused of grabbing a woman's private area in Walmart.

Cameron Campbell, 18, of North Kingsville, was indicted in October by an Ashtabula County Grand Jury on charges of rape, gross sexual imposition and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, court records state. Co-defendant Michael Hawkins, 56, who lives with Campbell, was indicted on a charge of endangering children in the case.

The crimes the pair are accused of occurred in North Kingsville between June 15 and July 25, according to the indictment. 

Two months after the indictment in the rape case, Campbell was accused of grabbing a woman's private area from behind as she shopped at Walmart, according to a police report. A charge of assault in the matter was sent Tuesday to Ashtabula Municipal Court for review, the report states.

The woman reported Nov. 27 that while shopping in the Health and Beauty Department a man whom she does not know approached her and grabbed her crotch, the report states.

The man then walked away and the woman reportedly followed him, but he began to run and the woman lost sight of him. Video surveillance showed the man walking with an older woman and entering a car in the parking lot that registered to a home in North Kingsville.

A deputy contacted North Kingsville police who were able to point the Sheriff's Office to the home where Campbell lives, the report states. Campbell's grandmother admitted to being at Walmart with her grandson who she said has issues and the mind of a child. 

The deputy reportedly old Campbell and his grandmother that if she is going to take Campbell places in public she needs to supervise his movements more closely.

Campbell told a deputy he doesn't remember touching anyone at Walmart, the report states. In his pending rape case Campbell has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and he was ordered to undergo a competency evaluation, court records state.

The deputy reported that he believes Campbell does know right from wrong.

"Campbell was able to walk fast away from where he committed the offense then run away after he observed the victim following him," the report states. 

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