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Dixon Police say Viva employees knew about sexual abuse


UPDATE: The drama director for the Viva Performance Arts in Dixon faces charges for allegedly not reporting sexual abuse of a student.

Investigators say Tim Boles knew a student was being sexually abused by vocal instructor, Robert Campbell. Lee County State's Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller has approved charges against Boles. His bond is set at $5,000.  

Dixon Detectives say the male victim told Boles about the abuse in the Spring of 2013. Boles did not contact the Department of Children and Family Services, which he was required to do by law. The criminal complaint says Boles, "a recreational program person who was employed by VIVA! School of Performing Arts, failed to notify the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services" after being told by a minor that he, "was being sexually abused by Robert K. Campbell, an adult over the age of 18."


The Lee County State's Attorney's Office considers charging more people, a Viva Performing Arts teacher is arrested for sexual abuse.

Vocal Instructor Robert Campbell faces three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.  Police say Campbell abused a 17 year old student last summer.  Investigators say the student told Director of Drama Tim Boles and possibly other staff that Campbell was sexually abusing him.  Boles told police the student asked him not to tell anyone, so he didn't.

Police Chief Danny Langloss released the following statement: "I could not be more disappointed in the response from these high level Viva representatives. They offer programs for children, so they have a duty to these children and their families to provide safe learning environments. If they are not responsible enough to handle these duties, then maybe they should find a different line of work. They have brought tremendous discredit through their inaction to the other great staff at Viva. It is unbelievable that so soon after the scandal at Penn State, these leaders would fail to act. It is completely unacceptable." Langloss added, "When a child discloses sexual abuse to an adult, it is not the adult's responsibility to conduct an investigation. It is not their responsibility to decide if the allegation is credible. It is their duty to notify the authorities. These are highly complex investigations which require an incredible amount of formal training. If a child discloses to you, please contact the police department and let us do our job."

Police say no one else from Viva has been charged, and the State's Attorney will decide if anyone will be.

13 News tried calling the Viva Performing Arts Center but didn't get a call back.

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