US military college ‘sorry’ about sex abuse inaction


The president of The Citadel said on Tuesday he was “profoundly sorry” the South Carolina military college failed to tell police about child sexual abuse allegations against a man who had served as a summer camp counselor at the institution. The Citadel disclosed the matter on Saturday in the wake of unrelated allegations of child sexual abuse by a former assistant football coach at Penn State University. The college, located in Charleston, said on Saturday it had investigated in 2007 the allegations against the man — who was arrested last month on separate charges of abusing five boys — but did not report the matter to police. Citadel President John Rosa told a news conference on Monday: “This should have been reported (to police).” “We’re profoundly sorry, sorry that we didn’t pursue it more. We acted on what we thought was our best information. … We’re all held accountable,” Rosa told reporters. “I am saddened and sickened that someone so close has betrayed our trust,” Rosa added. The Citadel released documents on Monday linked to the 2007 internal probe of child abuse allegations brought by a former Citadel summer camper against Louis Neal “Skip” ReVille. ReVille was arrested last month on charges of abusing boys in the Charleston suburb of Mount Pleasant and police have said he has admitted to the crimes, with more charges pending. A graduate of The Citadel, ReVille had worked as a counselor at the school’s camp for three summers between 2001 and 2003. The Citadel closed its camp in 2006. ReVille had also worked elsewhere as a school principal and sports coach.
SHARING WITH POLICE The Citadel said it was now sharing all its information with police, and had hired a consulting firm to review the college’s procedures in the matter and recommend improvements. In 2007, the former Citadel summer camper said that five years earlier, when he was 14, ReVille had invited him and another camper to his room, showed them pornography on his computer, and that they had masturbated.