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VIVA! employee turns himself in

Boles charged with failure to report allegations of abuse against instructor

Published: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – The drama director of VIVA! Performing Arts School is free on bond after he turned himself in to police Saturday morning.

Police issued a warrant on Friday for Tim Boles, who is charged with failing to report sexual abuse allegations that had been made against VIVA! vocal instructor Robert Campbell by a former student.

Boles is charged with failure to report abuse or neglect, a class A misdemeanor that could result in a fine of $2,500.

Campbell, 31, was arrested Nov. 4 on three counts of aggravated sexual abuse. Dixon Police began investigating Campbell after a former student sent an email alleging the abuse to Dixon Public Schools Superintendent Michael Juenger and other administrators.

The Dixon school district no longer works with Campbell or Boles, administrators said. The district is, however, working with three female VIVA! employees, one of whom is involved with a middle school performance that Campbell was working on at the time of his arrest. Two others are working with Dixon students on a violin performance.

Dixon Police Chief Danny Langloss said that during the investigation into the sex abuse allegations against Campbell, an interview with Boles revealed that Boles had previously been made aware of the abuse.

According to Langloss, Boles told investigators that this past spring, the now-17-year-old male student told him of the alleged abuse, but the student asked him not to tell anyone, so he didn’t.

Langloss said that even after the student told Boles about the alleged abuse, Campbell continued to actively work with minors through VIVA! programs, as well as during private lessons.

Boles never told school officials or authorities about the allegations, Langloss said.

Langloss said police have statements from more than one person indicating that the president of VIVA!’s board of directors, Curtt Schmidtt, also knew about the allegations.

Police say that during the summer of 2012, Campbell abused a then-16-year-old male student, and that the abuse occurred at VIVA!.

Authorities say that on Nov. 3, the student sent an email about the abuse to Juenger and other district administrators. Langloss said Juenger immediately contacted him, and the investigation began.

Campbell was arrested just after 5 p.m. the next day; he bonded out of jail on Nov. 5.

He is set to appear in court Dec. 11.

Campbell, who lives in DeKalb. is a Sterling High School graduate.

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