Po­lice: Grammy win­ner forced woman into sex­ual servi­tude

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - NEWS -

CLAY­TON, N.C. >> A Grammy Award-win­ning mu­sic teacher in North Carolina is ac­cused of us­ing prom­ises of a singing ca­reer to force a stu­dent into sex­ual servi­tude.

Clay­ton po­lice said in a state­ment Thurs­day that 60-year-old Ivan Ham­p­den Jr. was ar­rested at his home. He’s charged with sev­eral counts of sex­ual servi­tude and dis­sem­i­nat­ing ob­scen­ity.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors say Ham­p­den tied up the woman in a back room of his mu­sic school and recorded var­i­ous sex acts, then sent video record­ings and im­ages of the acts to the vic­tim. They say the woman in her 50s took singing lessons there from 2014 through Au­gust. Po­lice say a rel­a­tive helped her con­tact po­lice.

It’s un­clear if Ham­p­den has a lawyer.

He re­ceived Grammy recog­ni­tion in 2004 for work on mul­ti­ple R&B per­for­mances, in­clud­ing one by Bey­once and Luther Van­dross.

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