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SC1: Son Of South Carolina Congressional Candidate Arrested … Again

Catherine Templeton’s son arrested for the second time in seven months …

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The son of South Carolina first district congressional candidate Catherine Templeton has been arrested by police in Mount Pleasant, S.C. and charged with first degree assault and battery.

Details of the incident which led to the arrest of Hampton Brooks Templeton, 18, of Mount Pleasant, on Tuesday (April 16, 2024) were not immediately available. As of this writing, all we know is Templeton was granted – and posted – a $30,000 surety bond set as a condition of his release.

His first court appearance in connection with the charge is scheduled for June 7, 2024.

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Hampton Brooks Templeton (Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center)

Our media outlet has submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to the Mount Pleasant police department in the hopes of obtaining additional information about the circumstances which led to Templeton’s latest arrest – and a previous arrest from September 2023.

Seven months ago, Templeton was arrested by Mount Pleasant police and charged with pointing and presenting a firearm. His bond on that charge – which was dismissed four months later – was set for $10,000.

Templeton is not just a relative of the candidate. According to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), he is on his mother’s payroll – receiving $1,126.88 in “payroll expenses” on March 27, 2024.

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Templeton’s mother is the top choice of the GOP establishment to take out incumbent first district congresswoman Nancy Mace, who is being targeted for defeat because she stood against the Washington, D.C. swamp (and its uniparty leaders).

Templeton ran for governor of South Carolina in 2018 – finishing third in the GOP primary behind incumbent Henry McMaster and Upstate businessman John Warren. Prior to that, she served as director of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) and director of the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (SCLLR) under former governor Nikki Haley.

Most recently, she served as co-founder and ex-president of U.S. Brick.

As with anyone accused of committing any crime, Templeton is considered innocent until proven guilty by our criminal justice system – or until such time as he may wish to enter some form of allocution in connection with a plea agreement with prosecutors related to any of the charges filed against him.

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22 comments

J Doe April 16, 2024 at 4:08 pm

Will, this is bullshit. The 18-year old children of candidates should be off-limits. Your list for Nancy knows no bounds.

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The Colonel Top fan April 16, 2024 at 4:19 pm

Maybe the first time…

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Squishy123 (the original) April 16, 2024 at 5:11 pm

Not when he’s arrested two times within a year for violent crimes. It appears that this young punk needs to grow up before he’s either in prison or in the ground.

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Goody3 Top fan April 16, 2024 at 6:45 pm

The young man is NOT a child – he is an adult under the law. He’s had encounters with LE before – lucky he wasn’t 18 then – strike ONE. He finds himself in the same situation within 6 months – strike TWO.

Please, get him some help!

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Katie Top fan April 17, 2024 at 9:30 am

If he is on the payroll (either taxpayer or from donors) it kinda is a big deal and news worthy. Age of consent is 16 in SC and at 18 he is legally an adult so there is that too. There is a trend among well known, influential folks in this state getting away with crimes so this is about accountability and transparency.

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University of Hard Knocks April 17, 2024 at 9:57 am

18 years old isn’t a kid. Young and dumb, sure, but he’s an adult. Time to cut the cord. He’s old enough to know if he doesn’t want to be in the media, maybe he shouldn’t be adding to his rap sheet.

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The Colonel Top fan April 16, 2024 at 4:19 pm

Interesting. I wonder who the rest of the gang is? How did he walk from the pointing and presenting charge? It’s obvious that this kid has a problem. Is he a “Bo Turner” or a “PawPaw”?

In other “fortunate son news”, I heard that Bowen Turner has already been “tried, sentenced and served his time” via magistrate court on the charges related to the DUI, leaving him just the resisting arrest charges to deal with. I know a cat that waited 18 months just to have his DUI dealt with.

Interestingly, the legal work from the magistrate court has no lawyers name on it. I’m no longer buying that Bowen’s people are just “good ol’ salt of the earth folks”. He attended an expensive private school and just totaled a $30k pickup towing a $5-7k 4-wheeler. His auto insurance alone should be $4-8k a year and the boy ain’t worked a day in his life according to many. (Supposedly he works for an uncle’s construction firm). His legal bills should be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars at this point. Somebody’s facilitating this boy.

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Amanda Williams Top fan April 18, 2024 at 3:23 pm

He kept asking to be taken to Grandma’s house….I’m thinking that might be the source of funding. I agree that there is one and someone who is politically connected. Will. Who is his grandma?

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tamara rhodes Top fan April 16, 2024 at 5:03 pm

I’m no Templeton fan, but I wouldn’t wish a troubled teen ager on anyone. Hold him accountable now before he really gets into deep trouble.

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Goody3 Top fan April 16, 2024 at 6:40 pm

Agreed! It might take some professional ‘re-direction’ therapy in a licensed mental health environment to achieve. Some issues are manifestly ‘too much’ for mom and dad to handle – regardless how much they love the young man.

I know – I’ve been there. Make that choice now – you might not get another opportunity.

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Teresa Whetzel Top fan April 16, 2024 at 5:04 pm

IMO if the SC DHEC is evidence of her management skills then I don’t think she will be a good politician for SC

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AC Top fan April 17, 2024 at 7:00 am

The “re-direction” therapy he needs is a stint in SCDC. He’s not a troubled teen he’s an entitled punk

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Silas DoGood Top fan April 17, 2024 at 2:13 pm

If Templeton can’t govern her own household then she doesn’t need to be in DC

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Sheriff Buford T. Justice Top fan April 17, 2024 at 8:20 am

The professional re-direction therapy he needs is a boot in the ass and some time behind bars! Those are serious charges and he needs to sit in jail and think about his S… Show! He is eighteen years old and should know right from wrong along with the consequences for his actions. Another Bo Turner, privileged trash. Wonder how the gun charge got dismissed four months later.

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Karma is a... April 17, 2024 at 9:55 am

Reminds me of a story I saw where a kid got kicked out of flight school for showing up drunk when he was supposed to fly. Daddy responded to this by buying him his own plane and hiring private instructors. Kid ended up illegally taking the plane out one night with one of his buddies and ultimately crashed, killing the both of them. Toxicology report showed he wasn’t drunk that night but had other things in his system at levels that would indicate abuse. Drug use aside it was a dumb idea for him to do it regardless as he was still in the process of learning how to fly.

The moral of the story is that your kid’s bad behaviors will inevitably catch up with them, and it’s better to focus your efforts on making sure they understand the lessons they should be learning from it rather than shielding them from the ramifications that should be helping teach those lessons. It’s the behaviors that have to be addressed, as one day they may cross a line no one can pull them back from.

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Silas DoGood Top fan April 17, 2024 at 9:58 am

Amen Sheriff Buford T. Justice

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Glen Quagmire April 17, 2024 at 11:42 am

Free The kid till it backwards he aint do nothing wrong hopefully they get this case settled and he will be able to carry on as a tough and strong delinquent in the future.

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Proofreader's Nightmare April 18, 2024 at 9:16 am

“Free The kid till it backwards”

Public school failed you son.

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Glen Quagmire April 17, 2024 at 11:46 am

Free the kid till its backwards he aint do nothing wrong let the kids be kids and enjoy their childhood and part of that is being a delinquent scumbag.

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Holly Hill Top fan April 17, 2024 at 2:07 pm

Awww… baby Hampton making mommy and daddy proud again. Are we supposed to feel better that a firearm isn’t in this report? Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

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Anonymous April 17, 2024 at 9:39 pm

Politics is a nasty business, right Nancy?

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Amanda Williams Top fan April 18, 2024 at 3:18 pm

Nancy Mace is a great representative. We all know what is going on here with Ms. Templeton and who is funding her to try to defeat Mace and why. Kind of like a Nikki Haley repeat…

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