Pinewood Prep: ReVille sexual abuse lawsuit is 'completely unfounded'

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Pinewood Preparatory Head of School Carolyn Baechtle said Tuesday that a lawsuit filed against the school involving suspected sexual predator Louis "Skip" Reville is "completely unfounded."

Motley Rice filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of a victim that states that both former headmaster Glyn Cowlishaw and the school "attempted to protect the reputation of Pinewood by engaging in a conspiracy of silence and failing to report ReVille to law enforcement."

On Tuesday, Baechtle issued the following statement.

"I've read through the document after I received it last night," Baechtle said."And I've come to the conclusion there's no factual evidence and it's completely unfounded."

Motley Rice law firm Director of Marketing and Communications Alicia Ward said the lawsuit alleges that the school and former headmaster Glyn Cowlishaw "breached their duty of care and committed gross negligence in the hiring, supervision and retention of ReVille as a teacher and coach."

Baechtle said that the school attorney is looking over the lawsuit and will decide what to do going forward.

ReVille, who police say has confessed to sexual abusing up to a dozen school aged boys, worked as a teacher and coach at Pinewood Prep. The lawsuit alleges that ReVille sexually abused a 12-year-old student 10 to 15 times.

According to the lawsuit, the victim was 12 years old in August 2004 when he began seventh grade at Pinewood Prep and met ReVille, who was the boy's English teacher and basketball coach.

The lawsuit states that in late 2004 or early 2005, ReVille invited the victim to his house where ReVille showed pornographic videos to the victim and subjected him to "sexually abusive behaviors."

The victim was sexually abused 10 to 15 times at ReVille's home during his seventh and eighth grade school years, the lawsuit alleges.

The filing also states that on some occasions, several other students at Pinewood were present at ReVille's home and subjected to sexually abusive behaviors by ReVille.

According to the lawsuit, Cowlishaw and the school "should have been aware" that ReVille was alone with a student on multiple occasions at ReVille's home.

"In our opinion, silence among the adults at Pinewood Prep about ReVille's behavior allowed him to continue to operate unchecked in our community," said Laura Khare, another attorney on the victim's legal team."Our goal is to help our client begin to heal and prevent similar tragedies. We believe there is additional information about ReVille's actions in the community and encourage anyone with more information to come forward."

ReVille is facing charges in Mt. Pleasant and Hanahan. Summerville police also are investigating the former coach and assistant school principal.

ReVille is being held in the Charleston County Detention Center on more than $1 million bond.

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