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VIVA! leader turns himself in

Charged with failing to report sexual abuse allegations by student

Published: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST
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Curt Schmitt

DIXON – The president of a performing arts school in Dixon turned himself in to police Friday, more than 4 weeks after an arrest warrant was issued for failing to report sexual abuse allegations.

Curt Schmitt, 70, of Chicago, reported to Dixon Police at 3 p.m. Friday, posted bond, and was released.

Schmitt is charged with failure to report abuse or neglect. Dixon Police Chief Danny 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 re-port 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.

Langloss had said that Schmitt was out of the country, and was expected to turn himself in when he returned.

 

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