Lawsuit: Citadel was 'grossly negligent' in not reporting ReVille allegations

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - More details of a new lawsuit filed against The Citadel were released Wednesday morning. The lawsuit claims The Citadel was grossly negligent in not reporting knowledge of previous abuse by ReVille.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday against The Citadel on behalf of the mother of a young man who was allegedly sexually abused by ReVille. The mother of the victim says in the lawsuit that, "The Citadel was grossly negligent in not reporting ReVille's 2002 abuse."

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Jefferson Anderson and Associates law firm, the plaintiff's representation, held a news conference Wednesday and released some new information.

Attorneys said Wednesday that the lawsuit alleges that in the fall of 2007 and in 2008, a 16-year-old boy started taking athletic supervision from ReVille in two Mt. Pleasant locations. The boy was allegedly sexually abused multiple times for more than a year.

The locations of the alleged abuse were not disclosed.

Anderson said he believes that the victim in the lawsuit is one of nine of ReVille's victims who has already pressed charges in Mount Pleasant.

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.

According to Anderson, the goal of the lawsuit is to change The Citadel's reporting procedures and protect children in similar situations.

"Because it's in litigation and there's a pending SLED investigation and then an attorney general's investigation that the Citadel is cooperating with - we think that it's improper to comment on the merits of a claim until we file our formal legal response to it," said Dawes Cooke an attorney representing The Citadel.

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