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Police: Grammy-winning Clayton music teacher coerced woman into sex

December 6, 2018

Ivan Hampden Jr

A Clayton music teacher is accused of using promises of a singing career to force one of his students into a sexual relationship, police said.

Ivan Hampden Jr., 60, was arrested Wednesday at his home and charged with five counts of sexual servitude, as well as seven disseminating obscenity charges. He was being held in the Johnston County jail under a $200,000 secured bond.

From 2014 to August, a woman in her 50s took singing lessons at the Hamptown Music Institute, at 104 S. Barbour St. in downtown Clayton, which Hampden owns, police said. During some of those lessons, Hampden tied the woman up in a back room and recorded sex acts with her, police said.

Some of the video and images were later sent to her, and she recently confided in a family member, who helped her report the crimes, police said.

Clayton police seized several computers and other evidence from Hampden’s home and the business, which investigators said corroborate the woman’s story.

Investigators have no evidence of other victims, but the investigation is ongoing, police said.

Hampden was Luther Vandross’ tour and session drummer from 1987 to 2003 and won two Grammy Awards in 2004 for his work on Vandross’ “Dance With My Father,” which was named Best R&B Album, and on “The Closer I Get to You,” which was performed by Beyoncé and Vandross and was named Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

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