Mu­sic teacher ac­cused of sex­ual servi­tude

The News & Observer - - Triangle & N.c. - — THOMASI MC­DON­ALD

A two-time Grammy Award-win­ning mu­sic teacher in Clay­ton is ac­cused of us­ing prom­ises of a singing ca­reer “to force one of his adult stu­dents into sex­ual servi­tude,” ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Ivan Ham­p­den Jr., 60, was ar­rested Wed­nes­day at his John­ston County home, Clay­ton po­lice said in a news re­lease Thurs­day. He was charged with five counts of sex­ual servi­tude and seven felony counts of dis­sem­i­nat­ing ob­scen­ity.

Ham­p­den owns and op­er­ates the Hamp­town Mu­sic In­sti­tute at 104 S. Bar­bour St. in down­town Clay­ton. A na­tive of New York, he has lived in Clay­ton for nearly 20 years, ac­cord­ing to the Town of Clay­ton, which fea­tured him on its web­site when the busi­ness opened in 2014.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors say over a four year pe­riod, from 2014 through Au­gust of this year, a woman in her 50s took singing les­sons at the Hamp­town Mu­sic In­sti­tute, where Ham­p­den tied up the stu­dent in a back room of the busi­ness and videoed “sex acts of var­i­ous types with the woman.”

The woman re­cently re­vealed the in­for­ma­tion to a fam­ily mem­ber who helped her to come for­ward to po­lice, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

He is be­ing held at the John­ston County jail, baill set at $200,000.

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