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Dixon Vocal Instructor Arrested For Sexual Abuse


After Dixon Public Schools Superintendent received a report of sexual abuse, an investigation was held that led to an arrest of a vocal instructor.

Robert K. Campbell, 31 of DeKalb, has been arrested on three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a class 2 felony punishable by three to seven years in prison.

The male victim was a 16-year-old at the time of the alleged incident. Police say it happened over a six month period beginning in July 2012.

The investigation started Sunday evening after Dixon Superintendent Michael Juenger and other administrators received an email from the victim alleging abuse by Campbell. Juenger then immediately contacted Dixon Police Chief Langloss.

The investigation moved rapidly and police say there was enough evidence to arrest Campbell by Monday evening. Campbell is the Vocal Instructor for Viva Performing Arts School, where the crime reportedly occurred.

"The investigation involved interviewing multiple people, gathering some records and documents that became important from the interviews, going down and photographing the interior of Viva," Chief Langloss explained.

Police also executed a search warrant on Tuesday at Campbell's home in DeKalb.

"So that is where we are at right now, talking to the higher-ups at Viva, and just kind of figuring out how this happened and how we can make sure it doesn't happen again," Langloss said.

Chief Langloss says the allegations are especially serious because of Campbell's ongoing access to children.

Not only was he still teaching voice lessons at Viva up until his arrest, he was also working closely with Dixon High School students on their upcoming musical production.

"I am really proud of the response from schools on so many levels. It's great to see," Langloss said.

"Mr. Juenger and his staff are committed to keeping our students safe and ensuring these incidents are fully investigated. His quick response to these allegations was essential in this investigation. They have top of the line policies in place and followed them perfectly," he said in a press release on Tuesday.

Chief Langloss says Campbell has posted bond and is now out of jail, but on the condition that he cannot go to the school and cannot contact the victim.

Police continue to investigate.

Anyone with any information is urged to call the Dixon Police Department at (815)288-4411 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-Caught-U (1-888-228-4488). Callers can remain anonymous.

"All we are interested in is the truth and protecting these children," Chief Langloss said.

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