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Citadel took no action after report of child sex abuse

After the Penn State scandal, the military college in South Carolina has revealed accusations it investigated in 2007.

November 12, 2011|REUTERS

CHARLESTON, S.C. — In the aftermath of the Penn State child sexual abuse scandal, another university, the Citadel military college in South Carolina, revealed Saturday that 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., near Charleston.

"We regret that we did not pursue this matter further," Citadel's president, retired Lt. Gen. John Rosa and Board of Visitors Chairman Douglas Snyder said in a statement.

In 2007, a former camper at the Citadel Summer Camp informed the school that five years earlier, when he was 14, Louis Neal "Skip" ReVille invited him and another boy into his room where the three watched pornography on ReVille's computer and masturbated, college officials said.

The Citadel's general counsel conducted an investigation. "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," the statement said.

After graduation from the Citadel, ReVille was a principal at Coastal Christian Preparatory School and had coached sports for years at several area schools and recreation centers, police said. He was arrested in October on the child molestation charges.

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