The Citadel investigated sex allegations

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — In the wake of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, The Citadel military college in South Carolina said Saturday it had investigated accusations against a camp counselor but took no action.

The man has since been arrested on separate charges of molesting five boys in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

“We regret that we did not pursue this matter further,” Citadel President Lieutenant General John Rosa and Board of Visitors Chair Doug Snyder said in a statement.

The Citadel said that four years ago it investigated four accusations of inappropriate conduct with children against Louis Neal “Skip” ReVille, who was a counselor at the military school’s camp.

ReVille is a graduate of The Citadel, the college said, and worked as a counselor at the school’s camp for three summers from 2001 to 2003.

In 2007, a former camper told the school that five years earlier, when he was 14, he and another boy were invited by ReVille into his room where the three watched pornography on ReVille’s computer and masturbated, college officials said.

“Because of the seriousness of the accusation, The Citadel’s general counsel conducted an investigation immediately, including traveling to the individual and his family and conducting an interview,” the statement said.

“A thorough review of Mr. ReVille’s records revealed no other complaints, and interviews indicated that he was highly regarded by those at camp. His file included a clean background check conducted by an outside organization. Unlike his admissions to current charges, Mr. ReVille strongly denied the accusation.”

After graduation from The Citadel, ReVille was a principal at Coastal Christian Preparatory School, police said. He was arrested in October on separate child molestation charges.

The Citadel said it was commenting on the incident now because of media requests after the Penn State sex abuse scandal. Jerry Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator for the Penn State football team, was charged Nov. 5 with sexually abusing eight young boys over a period of nearly 15 years.

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Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 11/13/11 - 02:49 am
Take out your checkbook. More

Take out your checkbook.

More importantly, what's this about an Honor Code? Does "I will not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do" sound familiar?

Riverman1 11/13/11 - 07:24 am
ReVille coached youths in

ReVille coached youths in Charleston and was well respected in the community. As I said before, his wife just had triplets and says she forgives him now that all this has come out. His involvement with the Citadel summer camp is isoloated and nothing like what happened at Penn State. There the defensive coordinator, the heir apparent to Paterno, was bringing young kids into the college on a regular basis.

Banana1 11/13/11 - 08:33 am
Pedophiles start out slow

Pedophiles start out slow like in the Citadel summer camp incident and progress to the sexual assault of their victims.

mangum 11/13/11 - 10:36 am
they are 2 high profile

they are 2 high profile figures in N. augusta,sc , who for over a period of 20+ something years abused hundreds of young boys, many who never came forward, how many lives did they destroy before being put in jail , ( i did like the HELPLESS wheel chair photo compliments of the chronicle)
DEFINE; "isolated", and "nothing like penn state," so it is ok for _____ ( the number of incidents ) to happen before ____ ( fill in the blank )
look at high profile figures who used their position to abuse our children and the ones who turned away to ignore or cover up are just as guilty !!

NoCatchyName 11/13/11 - 11:09 am
My dear mangum, You should

My dear mangum,
You should immediately go to ______ (you name the place) and volunteer your expert services as an investigator.

Until there is located admissible evidence of sufficient quality quantity, all that is present is allegation which, alone, should always be insufficient for action.

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