MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The Mt. Pleasant man accused of molesting at least five teen boys has had access to hundreds of children over the last decade as a teacher, coach, camp counselor and even principal. The arrest has many questioning how the suspect went years with such close access to teens.
With a bond of more than $1 million, 32-year-old Louis ReVille remains locked up in the Charleston County Detention Center facing five counts of lewd acts on a minor and three counts of criminal sexual conduct. Mt. Pleasant police say he engaged in sexual acts with teen boys ages 13 to 15. According to court affidavits, ReVille admitted to the crimes.
"There's no excusing the actions here," said Craig Jones, Reville's attorney. "Mr. ReVille is very, very remorseful on this."
Since his Oct. 29 arrest, more information into ReVille's work experience and history with children has been uncovered. ReVille has held many paid and volunteer positions across the Tri-County area, mostly in youth sports and private schools.
ReVille served as a camp counselor at The Citadel in 2002, a tennis coach at Bishop England High School, a coach in the Mt. Pleasant recreation department and most recently, he was the upper school principal at Coastal Christian Preparatory School.
According to DSS officials, ReVille was a licensed foster parent from 2004 until 2006 when he left the program. DSS says that the department received no complaints about him. A complaint was however filed against ReVille in 2007.
According to officials at The Citadel, ReVille was a cadet and former camp counselor at a Citadel Summer Camp in 2002. Five years later, a former camper accused ReVille of inappropriate behavior, which did not include physical contact.
"Beyond our investigation, and subsequent discussions with the family of the individual who made the accusation, the matter was not further pursued by The Citadel, or to our knowledge by the family," Citadel officials said in a statement. "We will cooperate with Mt. Pleasant Police in its investigation."
Bishop England High School officials say they didn't receive any complaints about ReVille during his time three season as tennis coach from 2008 to 2010.
"It saddens me a great deal when any child claims he was a victim of sexual abuse," Rev. Robert E. Guglielmone said. "[Reville] decided to leave BEHS on his own accord following the 2010 tennis season. The diocese has no reports of any complaint against Mr. ReVille during his tenure at the school."
Most recently, ReVille worked as upper school principal at Coastal Christian Preparatory School. ReVille worked at the school for about a year and was fired following his arrest last week.
Parents and other members of the community have been outraged by the alleged crimes. The director of the Mt. Pleasant Recreation Department, where ReVille worked as a tennis coach in 2007 and as a basketball coach the last three years, voiced his displeasure Thursday.
"He is monster," Ken Ayoub said. "How can you even come close to justifying or thinking that his actions are anything acceptable. They're not. He shouldn't be in society, he really shouldn't."
Not only did ReVille work with children, but according to Darkness to Light organizers, ReVille attended an abuse-prevention program the same day he was arrested. The program was put on by Darkness to Light and Coastal Christian Preparatory School.
An attorney representing more than one of the teenage victims says that the allegations in the case are "the worst form of criminal conduct."
"The allegations in this case involve the worst form of criminal conduct. We commend the families for having the strength and the courage to come forward with their stories," said Attorneys Mullins McLeod and Mark Tanenbaum in a statement Wednesday. "We also want to caution anyone against talking about the names or identities of any of Coach ReVille's victims."
ReVille's total bond is now set at $1,075,000. Police continue to ask for the public's help with any information related to ReVille or additional victims. Anyone with information should contact the Mount Pleasant Police Department at (843) 884-4176 or confidentially at Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.