SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The chairman of the board of trustees for Pinewood Preparatory School issued a statement on Tuesday after filing a legal response denying that any employees were aware of the actions of former teacher and suspected sexual predator Louis "Skip" ReVille.
Chairman Dr. James Mann said, "We have reviewed the allegations in this second lawsuit filed in January. As in the first one, we have found that no officer or employee had knowledge nor were aware of the allegations in these lawsuits regarding Skip ReVille. As we've said before, these allegations and complaints are unfounded and without merit."
The lawsuit in question alleges former headmaster Glyn Cowlishaw and guidance counselor Brendan Diffley were notified that ReVille improperly touched middle school boys on school property.
The lawsuit goes on to state that the school officials "engaged in a conspiracy of silence by failing to notify law enforcement."
The lawsuit also alleges that the officials named tried to keep others from notifying law enforcement. According to state law, people in certain professions, such as teachers, guidance counselors and principals, must report abuse to authorities.
ReVille, arrested in late October, worked at Pinewood as a teacher and a coach from 2002 to 2006. He has also worked for many other schools, including the Citadel, Bishop England High School and Moultrie Middle School.