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Clayton Business Owner Arrested on Sexual Offenses


A Clayton business owner is facing charges that he manipulated one of his adult music students and forced her into sexual servitude.

60-year-old Ivan Hampden Jr. was arrested Wednesday without incident at his home in Clayton and is being held on a $200,000 secured bond in the Johnston County Detention Center in Smithfield.

Hampden owns and operates the Hamptown Music Institute located at 104 S. Barbour Street in downtown Clayton. Over the last four years, from 2014 to August of this year, the now 58 year-old victim, took singing lessons from Hampden at his business. During some of those lessons, investigators say the suspect recorded various sex acts with the victim. Some of the video and images were later sent electronically. The female victim recently told a family member about the incidents who helped her to come forward to Clayton Police.

During the execution of two related search warrants, detectives seized hard drives and other evidence supporting the victim’s allegations. Hampden is charged with five counts of sexual servitude and seven counts of disseminating obscene images.

Detectives are pursuing all leads, but at this time, are unaware of other victims in this case. The investigation is ongoing.

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