Grammy-winning teacher forced woman into 'sexual servitude,' police say


A two-time Grammy Award-winning music teacher is accused of using promises of a singing career “to force one of his adult students into sexual servitude,” The News & Observer reported, citing a police report.

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Ivan Hampden Jr., 60, of Clayton, North Carolina, was arrested Wednesday at his Johnston County home. He was charged with five counts of sexual servitude and seven felony counts of disseminating obscenity.

According to police, from 2014 until August of this year, the victim, a 58-year-old woman, took singing lessons at Hampden's business, the Hamptown Music InstituteWTVD reported. Investigators said that during some of the lessons, Hampden would tie up the woman in the back room of his business and film various sex acts, the television station reported.

Some of videos and images were sent to the victim, The News & Observer reported.

Hampden won a Grammy Award in 2004 his participation as arranger, musician and programmer on records: Best R&B Album, “Dance With My Father,” performed by Luther Vandross, and Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals for “The Closer I Get to You,” performed by Beyoncé and Luther Vandross, the newspaper reported.

According to his website, Hampden was Vandross’ drummer and co-writing partner for 17 years.

Hampden is being held at the Johnston County Jail; bail was set at $200,000, The News & Observer reported.


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