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School District Responds to Alleged Dixon Sex Abuse


The Dixon, Il. school district spoke out Wednesday about how it helped land 31-year-old Robert Campbell behind bars for allegedly sexually abusing a local teen in 2012 at the VIVA! Performing Arts School in Dixon.

Police arrested Campbell of DeKalb Tuesday — charging him with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The arrest came a day after Dixon school officials said they received an email from the alleged male victim, detailing the abuse.

Just last week, Campbell was working alongside students at Reagan Middle School in Dixon. That's one reason why the Dixon school district said it was so quick to act.

District officials said it is important to note Campbell was not a teacher with the district. He was working as a vocal instructor at Viva, who partners with Reagan Middle School to produce their fall musical. 

Now, police and administrators say they're taking steps to ensure parents their children are safe.

On Tuesday night, Dixon Superintendent Michael Juenger held a meeting with parents of kids in the musical. He assured them that there was always more than one adult at play practices— so their children were never alone with Campbell.

 Superintendent Juenger brought in police officers and a child advocacy speaker to the meeting to address any other concerns parents had.

He said school leaders also talked to all the children in the musical—answering as many of their questions as possible.

"I want parents to know that we are diligent to the best we can—in doing our background checks and doing everything we can to ensure the only people working with our kids are people who should be working with our kids," Juenger said.

Dixon Police Chief Danny Langloss said he is proud of the way the district handled the situation. Through police and school teamwork, the police were able to make an arrest just one day after getting the alleged victim's email, he said.

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