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District cuts ties with two VIVA! employees

Published: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – The Dixon School District rescinded agreements with two VIVA! Performing Arts employees who were charged last month with failing to report alleged sex abuse.

The decision came in a unanimous vote during the school board’s regular meeting Wednesday night at Dixon High School.

Robert Campbell, a vocal instructor at VIVA!, is charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against a former student. The school district rescinded his employment agreement.

Tim Boles, the drama director at VIVA!, turned himself in to police Nov. 16, a day after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He is charged with failing to report sexual abuse allegations that had been made against Campbell.

The school district canceled the volunteer agreement for Boles.

Campbell and Boles had been approved to work on the high school’s spring musical. Campbell had been paid by the school district for previous musicals.

During the meeting, Superintendent Michael Juenger expressed a desire to continue working with VIVA! on other school performances, saying that Campbell and Boles’ actions should not overshadow the work done by other VIVA! instructors.

A warrant was issued Nov. 21 for the arrest of VIVA! President Curt Schmitt on a charge of failure to report abuse or neglect, a Class A misdemeanor that could result in a fine of $2,500. Schmitt, who has been out of the country, is expected to turn himself in to police today, Dixon Police Chief Danny Langloss said.

 

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