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More Charges In Viva Sex Abuse Case In Dixon


Update: 11-21-13:

Dixon's police chief announced that an arrest warrant has been issued for VIVA Board President Curtis Schmitt on a charge of failure to report abuse of neglect in connection with the case.

Update 11-15-13:  According to the Dixon Police Department, Lee County State's Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller has approved charges against Viva Performing Arts Director of Drama Tim Boles. Dixon Detectives met with Sacco-Miller and obtained an arrest warrant against Boles on a charge of failure to report abuse or neglect. The charge is a class A misdemeanor. 

Earlier Post:

Dixon police say employees at an arts school knew about accusations of sexual abuse against an instructor for months, but did not notify the police.

Allowing the instructor to continue teaching, until his arrest on November 14.

The police are looking into whether charges should be filed against two employees of Viva Performing Arts school in Dixon.

The chief says adults need to step forward when these cases come into the light.

Dixon police arrested vocal instructor Robert Campbell 10 days ago.

He's charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Police say Campbell's 17 year old victim told the school's drama director about this situation in the spring.

Police say they were never notified.

It was only when the victim told Dixon School District administrators what was going on at the beginning of the month that an investigation started.

"If my kids were going to a program, and continue to go to a program for nine or ten months after somebody had been told a certain person was allegedly abusing somebody, I'd be furious," says Dixon Police Chief Danny Langloss.

He says it's time to end the secrecy surrounding allegations of child sex abuse. He says every adult has one job to do when a child comes forward, call the police.

"It's not a matter of do you believe the allegations, don't you believe the allegations, that's not for the mandated reporter to decide, it's not for anyone to decide, it's to turn it over to the authorities," says Langloss.

His detectives didn't learn of the accusations against Robert Campbell until the Dixon School District superintendent called him at home the weekend after Halloween. The detectives began work immediately and arrested Campbell within hours of the investigations start.

"In the wake of Penn State and all the issues and all the hype and awareness brought to sexual abuse cases, you would think something like this wouldn't still happen," says Langloss.

He says the victim told the Viva Performing Arts School's drama director about the abuse in the spring. The director told investigators the student asked him not to tell anyone, so he chose not to report the information. Police have also tried to contact the Performing Arts Center's president. They say evidence suggests the president also knew about the accusations and did nothing.

"It is completely unacceptable, the only way we're going to protect our children from predators is when they come forward, when they find their voice, when they get that courage to tell an adult, is for that person to do the right thing and contact the authorities," says Langloss.

The Arts Center president does not have a local address. We knocked on the door of the drama director's home, but a person inside did not answer the door. Langloss says people need to trust the police to do their jobs and end the culture of secrecy.

"People don't want to talk about it, they don't want to believe it happens, well it does, what more evidence do we need," says Langloss.

A question he continues to ask after the Catholic sex abuse scandal, Penn State, and now this.

Police have not charged either employee at the Viva Performing Arts school with any crime.

However, Langloss says his department is working with the state's attorney on possible charges.

He believes the employees neglected a mandatory reporting responsibility.

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