Citadel defends actions in ReVille sex scandal (Update: Picture fills in)

Update November 26: A more complete picture of the ReVille case is forming.

In it, ReVille is cooperating with authorities and is said to be very remorseful, and there's also some details of his alleged crimes appearing — which seem to revolve around fondling, masturbation or oral sex on boys. 

Again, The Post and Courier has the leading report; read it here.

Update November 23: Reville is headed to bond court again today to face six more charges which will likely shed details on more allegations.

Update November 21: And the case continues to widen with SLED (the State Law Enforcement Division) joining the investigation.

There are also growing concerns point towards the South Carolina Department of Social Services for not having more aggressively followed up on a complaint about ReVille when he was a foster parent.

I'll point you to The Post and Courier's report for a rundown on the latest turn; take a read here.

Update November 18: The Citadel incident continues to grow politically and have more conversational tie-ins with the Penn State scandal.

It seems likely that The Citadel will be subject to more investigation and that South Carolina's suspected child sexual abuse reporting laws will be strengthened.

The Post and Courier has a robust rundown on what's up; take a read here.

Update November 15: The Citadel is coming under more pressure for having only started an internal investigation into ReVille and not having reported his actions to police.

In response the college has released more information.

ABC News 4 has a nice report on that turn of the gear action (watch that here), meanwhile The Post and Courier has a report that looks at the broader situation (read that here).

First reporting: In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal at Penn State, The Citadel has stepped up their handling of the local Louis "Skip" ReVille scandal — a man who, among other local child-connected positions, worked at the university's Citadel Summer Camp where allegations surfaced against him in 2007.

Now nearly a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct are levied against ReVille and he is being held on a $1 million bond.

Below is a copy of the full release:

Statement regarding Louis Neal "Skip" ReVille from Citadel President Lt. Gen John. W. Rosa and Doug Snyder, chairman of The Citadel Board of Visitors

The Citadel family is deeply saddened that one of its alumni has committed, by his own admission, acts that betray the principles and values for which the college stands. We remain dedicated to the wellbeing of all who are associated with The Citadel.

As has been reported, in 2007 The Citadel received an allegation against Louis Neal "Skip" ReVille. We want to make it very clear that, as soon as this information was brought to our attention, The Citadel immediately investigated the accusation.

In 2007, a former camper at The Citadel Summer Camp reported that, five years prior, in 2002, he was in the room of Mr. ReVille along with another camper. The individual stated they watched pornography on Mr. ReVille's computer. They did not touch each other, but they engaged in sexual activity.

Because of the seriousness of the accusation, The Citadel's general counsel conducted an investigation immediately, including travelling to the individual and his family and conducting an interview.

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.

Mr. ReVille was a highly respected cadet whose peers elected him chairman of the Honor Court, and at graduation he was presented the award for excellence in public service.

Mr. ReVille and Michael Arpaio only overlapped at the camp during one three week session in 2001. The general counsel re-examined the Arpaio matter, and found no allegations concerning Mr. ReVille.

Though the general counsel was unable to corroborate the accusation, the college continued its investigation with the camper's family, who made it clear they were very concerned about maintaining their privacy and not having their names publicized.

Despite the concerns of the family, whose right to privacy was foremost on our minds, we regret that we did not pursue this matter further.

Four years later Mr. ReVille faces serious charges. We continue to offer our cooperation with any and all police investigations. The Citadel family offers its thoughts and prayers to those who have been affected by these events.

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