Report on Citadel faults abuse inquiry
CHARLESTON, S.C. —The Citadel conducted an inadequate investigation into a sex abuse complaint against a former camp counselor now serving 50 years for child molestation. But there was no school conspiracy to cover up that complaint, a report compiled by experts hired by the military college concluded Friday.
“It was a well-intentioned but inadequate investigation conducted by a single administrative member operating in a vacuum of policy or procedure,” the report said.
The college’s Board of Visitors hired two outside firms last year to investigate a 2007 complaint from a former camper about Louis “Skip” ReVille, a Citadel graduate and former teacher who worked at schools, camps, churches and recreation programs in the Charleston area. He was sentenced in June after pleading guilty to 22 abuse counts.
While the college did its own investigation, police were never contacted.
Witness withdraws testimony at trial
MARIETTA, GA. — A key witness in a Cobb County murder trial has recanted her testimony after the man accused in the slaying was sentenced to life plus 47 1/2 years in prison.
Loretta Spencer Blatz says she was suffering from depression and was under the influence of painkillers and other substances when she testified against Waseem Daker, who was convicted in September in the 1995 death of Delta flight attendant Karmen Smith.
Blatz now says Daker didn’t assault her or threaten her with a gun. Daker has asked for a new trial.