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Music instructor faces sexual abuse charges

DIXON – A DeKalb man who is a vocal instructor in Dixon has been charged by authorities there with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against one of his former students.

Police said Robert K. Campbell, 31, of DeKalb, abused a 16-year-old male student from Dixon’s VIVA! Performing Arts School, 113 E. First St., during summer 2012. Campbell is employed there as the vocal instructor, and police said that is where the student says the abuse happened.

Authorities say the student on Sunday sent an email about the abuse to Dixon Public Schools Superintendent Michael Juenger, as well as to other district administrators. Juenger then contacted Dixon Police Chief Danny Langloss, and the investigation began.

Campbell was arrested Monday just after 5 p.m. He bonded out of jail Tuesday afternoon.

According to Campbell’s biography on VIVA!’s website, he holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Northern Illinois University and recently directed the Reagan Middle School musical, “Aladdin Jr.”

A call to VIVA! Performing Arts School on Tuesday afternoon went unanswered.

Campbell will appear in Lee County Court on Wednesday.

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