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Second man charged in connection to Dixon sex abuse


A man connected to a sexual abuse case in Dixon is arrest not for what he did but what he failed to do. Dixon Police say the drama director at Viva! Performing Arts knew about knew about the sexual abuse for months and said nothing.


"The victim had told the director of drama, of Viva, Tim Boles about the abuse. And he had done that in the spring of 2013," says Chief Danny Langloss.


13 News told you when police arrested Robert Campbell earlier this month. He's charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Campbell's accused of abusing a male high school student he worked with through the Viva programs. Despite what the victim told Boles, Campbell was allowed to stay on the job.


"He did nothing. He continued to let Campbell continue with the private lessons, continue to work within school. He didn't notify anybody about this," says Chief Langloss.


Police say this put other children at risk and charged Boles with failure to report abuse or neglect a misdemeanor.


"Often times these perpetrators have more than one victim. When you look at the numbers men who abuse girls have an average of 19 victims in their lifetime. Men who abuse boys have an average of a 150 victims," says Chief Langloss.


According to investigators, the victim told boles about the abuse and told Boles not to say anything. The Shining Star Children's Advocacy Center, which works with physically and sexually abused kids says that's common for victims.


"They might tell the first person and tell them not to tell. But as an adult we have to make the decision that we have to do what's right," says Shelly Brantley of Shining Star Children's Center.


"It's not a matter of the kid can't say please don't tell anybody. It's not a matter of do you believe or not believe the allegation. It's not the job of the person who's told to do the investigation. These are highly specialized investigations. It's just their job to call and make the report," says Chief Langloss.


13 News has made repeated attempts to contact Viva since last week about this case and have not gotten any response.

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