Dixon Police Proud Of School's Response To Sexual Assault
Robert Campbell, 31, of Dekalb was working with students on the upcoming school musical when authorities say Campbell was a vocal instructor for a Dixon performing arts school, partnering with the middle school for the play.
Now, through the work of police and school officials, Campbell is charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
"As we all know, one is innocent until proven guilty, but it didn't matter if it was true or not," said Michael Juenger, Dixon Public Schools Superintendent. "It's just not anything you want to hear. For the most part, we want to believe that the people who work with children are good people."
That's the reaction Dixon superintendent Michael Juenger says he had after receiving an email from a male saying Robert Campbell sexually abused him at the age of 16, reportedly at Viva! Performing Arts School in Dixon.
Juenger says he immediately sent the email to police.
"I'm just really proud of the response from the school on so many levels," said Chief Danny Langloss of Dixon PD. "It's just great to see."
Wanting to reassure the families of children who had been working alongside Campbell, Juenger organized a meeting with them last night.
"Kind of reassure them that there was always more than one adult there," said Juenger. "There was never a time when any adult was alone with children."
Juenger says a child advocacy speaker and police officers were also at the meeting to help answer any questions.
Meantime, we talked to parents who don't have children in the musical. They say they wish the school could have better informed them as to what went on but they did all say they don't doubt their students' safety is priority with the district.