DEPRAVED sex offender CHARLES HINTON stooped to a new low when he broke into a children’s hospital and stole video games used to entertain sick kids while they received cancer treatment!

Outraged prosecutors threw the book at Hinton, and a judge sentenced him to up to 27 years behind bars.

“It truly is awful,” said a law enforcement source. “This guy really is from the bottom of the barrel. He got what was coming to him.”

Hinton, a registered sex offender who’d been con­victed of rape in New York, broke into the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, N.C., in December 2010 and swiped 10 video gaming systems.

The despicable dog snatched the systems, includ­ing four PlayStations, an Xbox, a Game Cube, two Game Boys and two Nintendo DS systems, from a restricted area in the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center, where some of the most seriously ill children are treated.

In some cases, the ailing kids sit in a hospital chair for up to eight hours while receiving chemotherapy, and the video games are their main diversion.

Hospital surveillance cameras caught Hinton, 47, on tape wear­ing a backpack after he kicked in a door to get into the restricted area.

When authorities released footage to the media, several members of Hinton’s own family identified him to the cops.

The items were never recov­ered, and police believe the thieving cad sold them.

Besides the New York rape, Hinton had also been convicted of taking indecent liberties with a child, breaking and entering vehicles and felony larceny in North Carolina.

On April 25, a jury in Charlotte found him guilty of felony break­ing and entering, and felony larceny. The jury also convicted the disgusting lowlife of being a habitual felon and being unlaw­fully on premises intended for the use, care or supervision of minors.

“His habitual of­fender status was what brought him the 21- to 27-year sentence,” said Ryan Watson, an assistant district attorney in Meck­lenburg County.

Happily, the story has an upbeat ending. After local media re­ported Hinton’s horrible crime, bighearted residents and busi­nesses donated 13 video game systems to the hospital.