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Sex abuse charges for vocal instructor

Police say former student was victim

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST
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Robert K. Campbell

DIXON – A local vocal instructor and Sterling High School graduate is being charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against one of his former students.

Police say Robert K. Campbell, 31, of DeKalb, abused a 16-year-old male student from Dixon’s VIVA! Performing Arts School, 113 E. First St., during the summer of 2012. Campbell is employed there as the vocal instructor, and, according to police, that’s where the student says the abuse happened.

Authorities say the student on Sunday sent an email about the abuse to Dixon Public Schools Superintendent Michael Juenger, as well as to other district administrators. Juenger then contacted Dixon Police Chief Danny Langloss, and the investigation began.

Campbell was arrested Monday, just after 5 p.m. He bonded out of jail Tuesday afternoon.

According to Campbell’s biography on VIVA!’s website, he holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Northern Illinois University and recently directed the Reagan Middle School musical, “Aladdin Jr.”

A call to VIVA! Performing Arts School on Tuesday afternoon went unanswered.

Campbell will appear in court on Nov. 13.

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