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Police say school chief soon to be in custody

Say Schmitt has been out of the country

DIXON – The president of a performing arts school who is charged with failing to report sexual abuse allegations is expected to turn himself in next week, police said Thursday.

An arrest warrant was issued Nov. 21 for Curt Schmitt, president of Dixon’s VIVA! Performing Arts School. Dixon Police Chief Danny Langloss said Schmitt had been out of the country, but that police have been in touch with an attorney who represents one of the people charged, and Schmitt is expected to surrender to police as soon as he returns.

Langloss said police have statements from more than one person indicating that Schmitt knew about abuse allegations made by a former student against VIVA! vocal instructor Robert Campbell.

Tim Boles, the school’s director of drama, also is charged with failing to report the sex abuse allegations. Boles and Schmitt have the same local address, police said.

During the summer of 2012, police say, Campbell abused a then-16-year-old boy. The abuse reportedly occurred at VIVA!

On Nov. 3, the student sent an email about the abuse to Dixon schools Superintendent Michael Juenger and other district administrators, authorities said. 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.

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